VMWare image increased by over 6GB?!

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  1. discofuel macrumors 6502

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    I installed XP a while ago and the VMWare Fusion image file was just over 2GB.

    I've only installed a couple of tiny programs and I save all data to my mac folders, yet the file size has increased to over 8.5GB.

    In Windows, if I select all the folders inside the C: drive and view properties, it says just as expected just over 2GB, but if I view properties of the C: drive it says over 5GB.

    What's happening and where's this missing space going?!
     
  2. discofuel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My hard disk size is set at 40GB - I can't make it smaller.

    Isn't this just the maximum size the disk can be?
     
  3. MacTech68, Apr 20, 2010
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    If the behaviour is the same as a standard XP install, it could be the virtual memory swap file or hibernation file.

    On my GF's XP, since upgrading her to 2GB of RAM, XP insists on having a 2GB hibernation file. If you turn hibernation off, then it doesn't create the file.

    In a windows folder, click on the "Tools" menu, select ""Folder options" and then click on the "View" tab.

    Select "Show hidden files and folders" and deselect "Hide protected system files". Click OK when prompted and then close the "Folder Options" window. Then look in the root directory for pagefile.sys (the virtual memory file) and hiberfil.sys (the hibernation file).

    You can't delete them normally, but there are ways to do so. You can change the setting back to hide protected system files (which I'd recommend).

    Is that where it's gone?
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  4. discofuel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hibernation is turned off and there's no hibernation file.

    Just defragged C: and it's increased again - it's now over 10GB!
     
  5. MacTech68, Apr 20, 2010
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  6. discofuel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    If you are taking "snapshots" of the VM file, this will quickly increase your overall VM file size. I did this every so often and eventually had 10 old "snapshots". If this is what is happening, just go in and delete all the old snapshots and just keep one as backup. Each "snapshot" takes about 2-3 Gb.
     
  8. discofuel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The additional space was from System Restore.

    Deleted these points and I'm back to my 2GBs :)
     

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