Resize VMWare Drive

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I have a virtual machine running XP on VMWare. The base operating system is Fedora.

The size of the VM is 14 GB whereas only 7GB is consumed when I see space left from XP.

Can I reduce the size of my VM drive?
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Boot the VM with a utility like PartedMagic, use GParted to decrease the size of the Virtual HD, then use G4U that is included in that distro to make an image of the VM's HD to a network drive or add a 2nd Virtual drive to your VM and image to that, then shut-off the VM, delete the original HD, Create a new, smaller one (make sure it isn't smaller then the size you reduced it to with GParted before), and then again boot using the PartedMagic iso, and restore the image you made to the new HD.

http://partedmagic.com/
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You can also use vCenter Converter Standalone tool which gives the option in the conversion wizard to increase, or in your case decrease, the size of any vmdk.

Http://www.wmware.com -> under Products tab look for converter standalone

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