1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 1, 2020 9:20 AM by Technogeezer

    Encrypting a Win 10 VM caused the VM bundle to double in size

    Genesys10101 Lurker

      Hello everyone,


      I just encrypted a Windows 10 VM so I could add a virtual TPM so that I can turn on bitlocker... But now the VM has ballooned in size. The VM bundle was 120GB... and it's more than doubled to 270GB.


      Why would encrypting cause the VM bundle to jump in size like that, and how do I bring the size of the bundle back down?



        • 1. Re: Encrypting a Win 10 VM caused the VM bundle to double in size
          Technogeezer Expert

          A couple of thoughts:


          Do you have any snapshots? Turning on Bitlocker rewrites every disk block in your VM as it initially encrypts the drive. Those rewritten blocks have to be maintained in the snapshot. So if you have a snapshot of a 50GB drive taken before you started Bitlocker, expect to see another 50gb (give or take) to be consumed. That space will be consumed until you delete all the snapshots taken before Bitlocker was enabled.

          If you did not tell Bitlocker to encrypt used space only, the entire virtual hard drive will be encrypted. If your virtual disks were not configured to pre-allocate disk space the Virtual disk file on you Mac will be expanded to it’s maximum size as a result.