Defragging a virtual drive in VMWare?

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  1. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

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    Every time I shut my machine down in VMWare, it tells me to defrag.

    When I go to settings, I don't see anything for defragging.
    Any ideas?
     
  2. Jimbode macrumors newbie

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    Start up the VM then run VMware Tools and select the Shrink tab. Then click on Prepare to Shrink.
     
  3. hodgjy macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I came across this one when I did a search for just this same question.

    Shrinking a drive does not defrag it. You have to defrag it separately. VMware does not have a GUI tool to do so, but you can do it from the terminal. Here's the command:

    /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/vmware-vdiskmanager -d '/Users/Your User Name/Folder where your disk is stored /Name of your disk.vmwarevm/Name of your disk.vmdk'

    Obviously, change the bold/italics to fit your specific computer.
     
  4. MotorcycleBetty macrumors member

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    Since installing VMware Fusion, I've been wondering about defragging, also, as I've been making a mess moving things back and forth. Is there any reason why one can't use the Windows defragger?
     

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