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Make Drive Bigger on Virtual Machine

Well we moved to a virtual enviroment a couple weeks ago, which my company did not send me to training for, yay me!

Anyway, the one server has a C: drive that has run out of space.  How can I make that drive bigger?  And is there any way to make a D: drive?

I can take the server down as needed.

A rep told me to V2V it, but i'm not real clear on that either.  Do I have to create the virtual machine first, then point to that virtual machine as the Destination Location?

I'm running  VMWare.

Thank you
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you can use the vmware converter to create a new server based on the old server. During processing you can resize the virtual disk.

Plan B would be to add a new virtual partition to the existing virtual machine and move data to the new partition.

You could also compress drive C under windows.

Additionally you can run a tool like ccleaner to remove temporary data from drive C:
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For VMWare converter, do I create the new VM first then point to that in the destination location?
Keep in mind that most partition tools don't allow to resize server partitions. If you were running windows 2008 though, simply fire up Server Manager / Storage / Disk Management then right mouse click on the disk and choose either Extend or Shrink volume. Next, specify a valid size then click on the Extend or Shrink button.

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No...you already have the VM. What you're doing is basically doing a 'conversion' from the current VM to a new one. In your case, you don't need to create a new one per sè..just increase the drive, so everything will be the same during the conversion, just increase the drive space.

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GParted and Partition Magic do allow system partitions....as suggested in the VMware KBs above. Can you explain your comment/post Tolomir?

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I see...thanks for sharing; not heard of any errors on the many posts I've been involved on re: disk size expansion. Appreciate the info...

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