Files created by Virtual Machines

I have installed linux Centos in Vmware workstation. For some reason I ended up with the list of files shown in the screenshot below.
I wonder what are all those files and which ones can be deleted without causing damage to the Virtual machine (Centos)

thank you

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jskfanAsked:
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Why would you want to delete any of these files? If you shutdown the VM you could delete the .vmem file but it would be created the next time again as you run the VM.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
But since you've put your VM in your 'My Documents' you may want to move it elsewhere.
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WyoComputersCommented:
Its hard to tell what the exact files are without seeing the extensions, but I assume they are the VHD, when you created the disk, it asked you if you wanted it as one file or multiple split files, and you must have choose the latter.
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MazdajaiCommented:
None of these files can be deleted as they are referenced for the vm bios, disk, config.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You cannot delete them, because they are a spanned Virtual Disk (vmdk).


for some reason:- you selected it!

You had the option when creating the virtual machine, to create a single disk (takes a while to create), or split the disk into spanned vmdk.

You selected a spanned vmdk, easy to move when using FAT32 and USB media, because of the smaller files.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You might wish to consider another try at Centos and make it one file. I have Vista and Seven machines in one file that can grow to 100Gb each. Yes, it takes time to move them, but I find it more convenient. When a machine is closed (shut down) I have very few files in its folder.

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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you guys
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@jskfan - Thanks and I was happy to help.

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