I installed VMPlayer 3.14 on my secondary GPT HDD at
I created a virtual machine holding Windows 7 Ultimate x64 + SP1 at
My Desktop Windows 7 Ultimate x64 + SP1 then had on the Primary MBR HDD at C:\
Used Space 16.2 GB
Free Space 8.78 GB
Running Virtual Windows I shrunk the local virtual C:\ partition from 30 GB to 16 GB,
and then created in the 14 GB unallocated space a new 14 GB virtual partition V:\.
I experimented with an image backup utility to image Virtual Windows C:\ and and place the backup files in V:\.
Then I drag-dropped these files from Virtual V:\ into Live Windows E:\Test_Files, and then suspended and shutdown VMMachine and VMPlayer.
That is when I saw a great big warning bar across Live Windows Explorer and saw my Free space had dropped to about 250 MB.
TreeSize showed me almost 9 GB had appeared in C:\Windows\Temp.
I was lucky to have a Live Explorer Window showing me this disaster so I could delete the excess junk.
I am not confident that Windows would boot up again if it had been shutdown with only 250 MB of free space ! !
Is there anything I can do to ensure that any Future TEMP files are held outside of C:\,
and preferably on the GPT drive ?
I assume it was the drag-drop from Virtual to Real that caused this bloat.
Would copy via Ctrl-C / Ctrl-V have the same effect ?
Do I need to authorise VMPlayer to share with folder E:\Test_Files,
and then be careful not to let any malware escape from the Virtual world to the Real world ?