Running VMware Workstation Pro v12.5
I created a disk for a NEW VM from scratch and brought the VM into operation Running Debian Linux as the guest. At one point the size got up to 21 Gb due to the copying of some zipped files into the guest from the host. After deleting the zip I expected the actual size in my host (Windows 7) to decrease to more closely match the size of the drive in the VM, but it has never come back down.
Here is the output from df -h to show what the size of the drive is in Linux, confirming size of 13 Gb out of 50 Gb drive.
Boxer-SIM:~# cd /
Boxer-SIM:/# df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 48G 13G 35G 27% /
tmpfs 3.9G 4.0K 3.9G 1% /dev/shm
But as you can see in my Windows host, more space it being taken up by the Boxer-SIM.vmdk disk. (output is while VM is running, same result as when powered off)
Directory of C:\Users\ddamerji\Documents\_Virtual Machines\Boxer-SIM
11/14/2016 09:45 AM <DIR> .
11/14/2016 09:45 AM <DIR> ..
11/14/2016 09:45 AM 8,388,608,000 564d8740-cb5a-d200-48cc-2b46cb5b3dc6.vmem
11/14/2016 09:45 AM <DIR> 564d8740-cb5a-d200-48cc-2b46cb5b3dc6.vmem.lck
11/14/2016 02:52 AM 8,684 Boxer-SIM.nvram
11/14/2016 09:45 AM 22,131,048,448 Boxer-SIM.vmdk <== shouldnt be this large, I am only using 13Gb for my files
11/14/2016 09:45 AM <DIR> Boxer-SIM.vmdk.lck
11/13/2016 01:15 PM 0 Boxer-SIM.vmsd
11/14/2016 09:45 AM 2,920 Boxer-SIM.vmx
11/14/2016 09:45 AM <DIR> Boxer-SIM.vmx.lck
11/13/2016 01:15 PM 264 Boxer-SIM.vmxf
11/14/2016 09:45 AM 395 vmware.log
7 File(s) 30,519,668,711 bytes
5 Dir(s) 59,235,213,312 bytes free
I know the system has the capacity to provide more space up to the 50Gb limit as I need more space, but on the flip side, can't it also decrement the amount of space used as I delete files? (Linux doesnt have any recycle bin that I am aware of where deleted files are kept, does it?)