juchestyle
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Reducing Hard Drive Space?

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So I have this vm with a 30 gig E drive, that only uses 5 of those gigs, leaving 25 free.

I need more hard drive space on that dev ESX, is there an easy and quick way to reduce the size of this hard drive without loosing the data?

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esiebert7625
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Several methods here---> http://vmware-land.com/Resizing_Virtual_Disks.html

Converter is the easiest and safest method.

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juchestyle
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Come on seriously, no reply button???

I am working converter hard on this issue. Wonder what happened here?

Kaizen!

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Troy_Clavell
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The reply button is now present... Did someone do something?

As I mentioned in my PM, try VMware Converter, like you are.

Jasemccarty
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Hey Matt,

What OS does this guest have?

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jamieorth
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Depends on the OS of the VM. Why not simply create a smaller VMDK, move the data, then delete the original, and redo the drive letter mapping. Other than that, tools like partition magic, etc. Will vmkftools -D option to make the drive smaller destroy the data?

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Jamie

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esiebert7625
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Several methods here---> http://vmware-land.com/Resizing_Virtual_Disks.html

Converter is the easiest and safest method.

Eric Siebert

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TomHowarth
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The reply button was missing due to the location the thread was posted in. normal users have no rights to the Virtual Infrastructure roll up forum.

however to answer your question, use convert to convert the guest, during the initialisation process you can reduce the size of your disks, but you knew that already didn't you Matthew Smiley Wink

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