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Posted on 2011-10-26
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Hi,

I have 3 VMDKs on a Workstation VM.

How can I reduce the size of them. I tried via VMConverter, but I couldn't adjust the disk sizes.

Can I reduce the disks within the VM via Disk Manager?

TIA

Iain
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I'm not sure why VMware Converter could not adjust the disk size, this is normally the failproof method of reducing the disk size.

You cannot reduce the physical virtual disk size inside the VM using disk manager.

You could create a new virtual disk of the correct size, and then use a clone tool, such as Clonezilla, to clone from source old disk, to new reduce sized disk.
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by:mullykid
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Maybe I chose the wrong steps.

I convert the vm. It displays the 3 disks, but I can't adjust the size. Can u send me instructions?
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When Converter presents you the Summary, before conversion Edit Data to Copy Options, and then select the Drop Down Box, to change the size, and enter the required size

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by:mullykid
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the only option I see is to maintain size, and i cant change it.
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by:mullykid
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Am I using a different version?
Converter.bmp
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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At the Summary Page before Conversion.

Select Edit - Next to Data to Copy
Then use the drop down and Select a Data Copy Type of Select Volumes TO Copy
It will state a Destination Size of Maintain Size
Use the Drop Down, to select Type in Size in GB or MB

Make sure you have no snapshots on the Virtual disks
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Click the Basic Link so it Changes it Advanced
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Thansk, but if you see my screen shot above, that is exactly what I chose. No drop down appears on Capacity Size.

What version do u use?

Mine is VMWare Standalone Client  v4.01
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1000 total points
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4.3 and 5.0.

Try and download v5.0.

Did you click the Basic Link? (becuase it you click it it changes to Advanced, and options change)
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by:mullykid
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Thanks. Downloading now. I did toggle between Basic and Advanced. Honestly, the options are not presented! :) Fixed at Maintain Size
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Are you using pre-allocated, or non-preallocated, split 2GB disks?
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pre-allocated
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Sorted. v 5.0 allows it. Thanks for your patience.
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