Virtual Box - Change "system"drive size

Posted on 2012-03-19
Last Modified: 2012-03-31
How can I change the "system" drive size (increase) in Virtual Box without having to recreate a new virtual disk and reinstall to that? Is there away to "image" the system drive with Virtual Box tools and then restore?

(know I have included non "Virtual Box" areas but hopefully some of you may know)

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Only skimmed the article but... at a glance it is essentially the same as a non-virtual machine.

Create Disk Image
"install" new drive
Restore Disk Image

Thought there may have been a way with VirtualBox Utilities or by saving the machine somehow and then restoring - similar to the snapshots.

Oh Well.

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Also - thinking this may have been in the 'power' of virtual machines, I did not mention that the install I need to expand HDD space for is an install of Server Std 2008 R2. Many utilities will not run on server.

Any options for that?
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You should be able to clone the existing disk to a new disk, and expand to the new disk.

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Tried the clone option but it cloned the entire machine without an option to change virtual disk sizes. No options exist within the storage settings to clone - just to add or remove.

In your link above there was mention of using CloneZilla but I will have to try and get the ISO again as they reported instability issues on their site when I checked last. Are there other free options that will work with a virtual server? This is only a test environment - and temporary at that so I am not looking for commercial options.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 200 total points
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Clonezilla is the best imaging tool to use for free.

Author Comment

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Thanks... was able to get at it today without the D/L being aborted.
Will give it a shot.

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Have tried a couple of solutions in my spare time but had  some trouble using Clonezilla. I think it had to do with not being able to select a location to save the image to. I do need to get back at it but if there is a suggestion in this regard in the meantime...

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Process did succeed. Thanks.
Not exactly a user friendly process but (obviously) quite doable.

Did not actually use the process in the link supplied earlier in the thread so I cannot comment on that; just the Clonezilla Imaging software (once I could get it and figure it all out) in conjunction with VirtualBox Manager.

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