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vSphere 4.1 and determining virtual disks

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We have a VM with 3 disk C:, D: and E:.
D: and E: are both the same size and we want to remove D: but can't work out which one is which. How can i tell which is the corect disk to removed when editting the VM settings.

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Hi,

In your virtual machine settings, check what SCSI ID has been assigned the disk. (scsi.jpg)
You can then cross reference that in your OS to find what SCSI ID relates. (diskmgmt.jpg)

See the attached images for reference.


Cheers,
Josh
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diskmgmt.jpg
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firstly are they partitions or virtual disks?

Check with Disk Management?
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by:coolsport00
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Well, one way to do so is just remove it from your VM *WITHOUT* deleting it from disk. That particular drive will be removed from your guest OS. So, assuming you have 3 "hard disks" in your VM's 'Edit Settings' area, you would remove hard disk "2" from your VM....again...withOUT deleting from disk. ONLY DO A REMOVE FROM VM operation. If you only have 1 or 2 'hard disks' in your VM's Edit Settings area, then as @hanccocka is suggesting, you have 2 partitions on a single VMDK volume and then it is just a matter of rt-clicking on D: and deleting the partition. And, if that is the case, I recommend remove the whole VMDK and recreate with the size you want. Don't create multiple partitions on a single VMDK if possible. It's not a recommended practice by VMware. Of course, if that is the case and you were to do so, you would need to back up your data first.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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