TheDudester
Contributor
Contributor

PC Migration wants 1.6TB?

I'm running VMware Fusion 5.0.3 on a iMac (late 2012) running Mountain Lion 10.8.4. I have a Dell desktop running Windows 8 on the same network that I want to migrate.

The Dell desktop has a 149GB mirrored RAID drive (2x149GB drives) and a 16GB USB "ReadyBoost" drive. That's the only storage used on this PC. There is a 2TB drive in the PC but it's not mounted in Windows or used in Windows.

When I run the VMware Fusion PC Migration Agent on the Dell, I can see and connect to it from VMware Fusion on the Mac. However, when I try to migrate, it tells me that I need 1.6TB of space and I don't have enough to migrate the PC.

How in the world can a 149GB (54.4GB free) Windows partition need 1.6TB of space in VMware Fusion?

Anyone have any ideas on how to get past this?

Thanks!

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a_p_
Leadership
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Welcome to the Community,

maybe not the only option, but easy. Open the PC's cover and temporarily detach the 2TB HDD.

André

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WoodyZ
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Immortal

Another option is to use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.  You can select the drives you want included thus not having to open the PC and disconnect anything.

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TheDudester
Contributor
Contributor

I tried disconnecting the 2TB drive, but that made no difference.

You cannot download the VMwave vCenter Converter Standalone unless you're a registered owner of vCenter, which I am not. Smiley Sad I only own Fusion.

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a_p_
Leadership
Leadership

That's interesting. Anyway, unless VMware changed something lately the Converter is free and you should be able to download it after logging.

André

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dlhotka
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Don't convert an existing PC.  You need to have a retail windows license anyway, so building a clean VM is a better option.  Otherwise you end up with a bloated, buggy, unstable VM.

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