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Hi,
 I created a XP Virtual Machine with 10GB of space on VMware ESXi V4.
 I have backed up a standalone PC with XP using Windows Backup and the size is 12GB and I need to restore the 12GB of backup file into this XP VM. I wanted to increase the hard disk size in vShpere client, but it is recessed and I can't change it.
 Beside erasing this VM and recreate a new one from the scratch with enough disk space (which will take less than a hour), what other options do I have?

Thanks.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 732 total points
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1. Is the VM running on a snapshot disk?

2. Is the disk IDE, IDE Expansion is not supported, and you will need to change to SCSI

see here

VMware KB: Converting a virtual IDE disk to a virtual SCSI disk

But after doing above, you will still need to increase the OS Partition, see below

Methods of Increasing the Disk Size see my EE Article

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk

Create a V2V, using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5, you can increase the virtual disk VMDK and OS Partition in one procedure.

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting
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XP VM PropertiesHere is the XP VM Properties.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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IDE IDE IDE

See first post for details, of what to do!

By the time, you've either V2Ved, or Change from IDE to SCSI, and Increased Disk, and then Increase OS Partition.

You could have built another VM, either with correct sized disk, or use SCSI next time!
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I will just rebuild another XP with bigger space because it takes less an hour.
Thanks for the information and I will use SCSI next time.
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It's always *easier* to use SCSI! (because it supports Increase and Grow)
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by:Ahmet Keçeciler
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Hi,

You can not extend  on xp os disk like windows 2008 servers.  The easist way is using vmware standalone converter . With this tool you need to import your xp with extending your disk capacity. No other way to accomplish this.
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Is vmware standalone converter free?
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yes its free.
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Yes, that's why it states FREE in my Article!

Many different easy ways to extend/expand the OS, using third party tools in Wndows XP!

See my EE Article!
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Exactly Right there are many 3rd party tools but i always prefer the safest way :) Always use these tools with your own risks.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Changing the partition with any tools, is fool hardy, without any backup!

Many issues occur using Microsoft's tools and VMs!
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Thanks for the information.
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