How to Increase your VMware Hard Disk

Increase your Virtual machine’s disk capacity

From windows:

  • Power off the virtual machine
  • go to cmd, cd to path where the virtual machine resides
  • type following command
    • D:\Virtual Machines\xp>”c:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Server\vmware-vdiskmanager.exe” -x 6gb “d:\Virtual Machines\xp\Windows XP Professional.vmdk”
    • note: in above example the virtual machine path and disk filename varies according to your own settings
  • This will take some time, and once complete the application will give you some sizing messages.

Now you need to expand the capacity of the disk to take advantage of its new size. If the disk is the system volume you will need to mount the disk in a second VM and expand it from there. If its not a system volume do it within the virtual machine it belongs to.
To expand the size of a virtual disk, and the virtual disk is partitioned, you will need to use a third-party utility to resize the expanded partitions.
Examples of third-party utilities include:

Partition Magic http://www.symantec.com/norton/products/overview.jsp?pcid=sp&pvid=pm80
System Rescue CD http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Pagep
GParted LiveCD http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

Here i used GParted liveCD expanded the volume, dont create another partition from the extended size.

thats its folks.

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