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Maximum .vdi size?

Posted on 2011-04-18
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My question is straightforward and simple: what is the maximum size of .vdi file? I'm asking specifically about VirtualBox virtual hard drives. It's been mentioned that on IDE controller it usually handles 127GB max, what about SATA or SCSI?

The goal is to have virtual machines which are about 3.5-4TB in size. Is this possible?

Thank you for your help!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 200 total points
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up to a maximum size of 2TB

as can be seen when you use the slider to create the size of hard disk in Virtualbox, the max is 2TB.

 up to a maximum size of 2TB
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by:Kalpesh Chhatrala
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but you could create two 2TB disks, and then in the Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2008 OS use Extend, to Extend across disks to give you the 3.5 - 4TB disk you need.

See here for details on Extend

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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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but as per NTFS limit, 2TB is your max!
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dynamic or GPT volumes must be used to create NTFS volumes over 2 TiB

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