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change hard drive size of virutal 2003 server in ESXi

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hi,

I create a virtual machine in vmware ESXi. the virtual machine is 2003 server R2 Std

I create the machine with 150 GB HD in ESXi
in windows I have 2 partitions, C: 20Go and D: about 130Gb

I want to reduce the size of partition D to about 80Gb to free up some space on ESXi for a new VM machine


how can I do this ?
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by:ripco
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Try downloading a software called expart, it usually allows you to manipulate drive sizes.  It is done through a dos prompt
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by:techsupportcpm
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There is another GUI application called Paragon Partition Manager very small and is great, i use it alot to Expand the size on VM's that i lacked to give more space to when i installed. Try this.
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Paragon Partition Manager does a grat job, professionaly I prefer to use it.  If you can't afford the server license you can use GParted which is an open source aplication and will do the trick.  The only issue is that it will shrink your partition but keep the volume the same (you'll have your new NTFS volume and unused space), To shrink the actual volume use vmware converter or diskpart utility

You can also use the VMWare Converter and choose your source and destination as the same ESX Server.  During the process it will ask you for the partition sizes that you want for these partitions and will let you choose the size you desire
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by:philtpaik
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I would recommend using VMware Converter. When you start the conversion, just change the hdd size.
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by:gratex_ssd
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Try VMware Converter. You can edit the size of partitions and conversion process is quick.
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by:Jean-Pier
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good idea (vmconverter.... I will give this a try
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by:tenroc2o0o
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I'm in a situation where my VMWare server is completely out of hard disk space and is causing the VM's not to be able to start. Right now I actually have both of them running now that I've deleted all of my snapshots and reduced the amount of Ram they use (thus reducing the amount of page file VM has to create to launch it).

Would the VMWare Converter require lots of additional hard disk space to make a clone before removing the original VM?
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by:paulsolov
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Converter would require equal amount of space but what I have done is convert it to a windows vm, delete original and convert it back to a esx vm
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