Parallels Desktop 5 + xp resize error

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by cindyhy, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. cindyhy macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2010
    My parallels takes 64G of my hard disk which I don't need. However, when I try to resize it, an error pops out (attached). Do I have to reinstall my virtual machine? Can anyone help me for this? Thanks a lot!

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  2. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    Is the XP installation run from a Boot Camp partition or a virtual HDD file?
  3. cindyhy thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2010
    OOPS, forgot to mention, XP is run from a virtual HDD file. No Boot Camp used.
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Is your Virtual HDD set up as an expanding disk, or a fixed-size file? Expanding disks are better for most uses.

    Also, you can only expand a virtual HDD, not shrink it, in Parallels.
  5. cindyhy thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2010
    It appears to be an expanding disk. Actually Parallels 5 offers the option to shrink disk size if you have the option "Resize file system" ticked. Otherwise, only expanding can be done. So does the error message I've got mean that the Windows installation was bad or my Parallels setup was bad? Do I need to reinstall Windows or maybe Parallels all together?

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