VMware, datastore max size, playing on a notebook

I have vSphere in a notebook with a 500 gig HD.  I'm trying to create a datastore larger than 50GB and i cannot.  it's the eval version and maybe that is my limitation.

Any ideas or thoughts on creating a datastore larger than 50GB on my notebook HD?

thanks

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crp0499CEOAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
so the disk size you specified for the virtual machine containing ESXi is 50G?

add another disk to your VM, with a disk size of 100G.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Maximum datastore size is 2TB - 512 bytes.

Eval version is not limited.

It's possible that your storage controller is not compatible.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What version of VMware are you evaluating?
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crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
VMware ESXi ver 4.1.0 and vSphere Client 4.1.0.  you're saying the storage controller that runs my notebook HD might be the reason I can't have a datastore larger than 50 GB?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So you've installed ESXi 4.1 on your laptop, if you use the vSphere client to check the ESXi "server", and check the storage controller, does it only show 50GB? and you've tried to create a datastore and the VMFS size is 50GB?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Before you installed ESXi 4.1 on the laptop, was the hard disks completely scrubbed! (blank) or did it have any left over FAT/NTFS partitions?

Storage controllers and Network controllers are common reasons why ESXi 4.1 doesn't work correctly.

Systems guaranteed to run ESXi 4.1 are shown on the Hardware Compatibility List.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl
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crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
it's just a new notebook.  windows7 on it.  i was just hoping to play a little since it'll be a few days before my server arrives.  I needed to expand my datastore so I could install several virtual machines on it.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Hang on, I'm a little lost now.

ESXi 4.1 installs on bare metal? So how does it also have Windows 7 on it as well!

Are you running ESXi 4.1 in VMware Workstation 7.1?

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crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
i installed vmware workstation, created a virtual box and installed ESXi into the virtual box.  in there, I am going to install server 08
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, so how big did you make the original VMDK for ESXi?

Check the properties for the Virtual Machine?
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crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
50 gigs.  but i have 500 gigs and wanted to make my original VMDK 100 gigs but it says my max size is 50 gigs
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