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I have a windows 2003 vm  on a esxi 5.1 host with vcenter in which the C and D drive share the same disk.  I would like to split this up so each partition gets its own vmdk file/hard disk.    Does anyone know how to do this without me loosing any data?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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There are a few options and as you've already discovered its much easier to work with individual disks (vmdks) than old fashioned partitions in the virtual world.

1. You could complete a clone of the D: drive to a new disk, using Clonezilla, G4L, Symantec Ghost and other cloning tools. Remove the D: partition, and then expand the C: drive using Third Party parition tools, I would recommend Dell Extpart, see my EE Article for partitioning tools.

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk

2. A standard xcopy, copy or robocopy. (copy files and folders from D: to new drive), and then delete the partition as 1.

3. Backup and Restore the D: drive to the new drive, and then delete the partition as 1.

4. or my favourite, perform a V2V using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5[, this can perform a conversion of the VM, and then select C: and D: drive to be on separate disks, and then also change the required sizes, this performs the clone, conversion and creation at once.

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

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting
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Thanks I Am going to try option 2, I would normally do 4 but then I would have to do another V2V for the renaming to be right
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Actually we are going to go with the V2V option, I will be doing this this weekend.  I will close the ticket when all goes well
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