Three Options for expanding a VMWare DiskImage

Some time ago we created a virtual machine with Windows XP that had a 4 GB C: drive (system) and 8 GB D: drive (data). With all those service packs and automatic updates a 4 GB drive for the Windows system is too small as we all know now.

I see three options to get around the problem:

Option 1:

Create a third virtual drive inside the VM (e.g. 10 GB) and extend the C: partition onto the second drive. To do this you must move the page file from C: to D: (you can’t have the pagefile on an extended disk).
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Option 2:

Use VMWare Converter to create a clone of your system and increase disk size during this process.
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Option 3:

Resize a VMWare Disk Image using VMWare’s built in tools and this GUI, then use an ISO image of the GPartEd Live CD to resize the partition.

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One Response to “Three Options for expanding a VMWare DiskImage”

  1. David Klein www.ssw.com.au Says:

    Thanks for this tip Dirk – our Sharepoint 2007 image is struggling for space so this is a life saver. You would think that VMware Server would offer this ability just like the VMWare Workstation/ESX Disk Management tools. I suppose there has to be some reason to move to ESX!
    David Klein http://www.ssw.com.au


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