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Posted on 2014-12-19
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Hello Experts,

I'm trying to reduce amount of hard disk allocated to my VM but the client won't allow me to reduce the hard disk size below 120GB, see image.

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Can you help?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Correct, you *CANNOT* reduce space from the GUI - not supported. Yes, there is a down arrow, but it does nothing! VMware Engineering just could be bothered to re-create a new dialogue icon without the down arrow!

Increase - yes, Decrease - no.

It's always good practice, to start small and grow, because this is easy, reducing space is not so easy.

But hey I have some articles on how to do it...

"VMware Converter" can be used to complete a V2V, see here

HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2

or this hack job - not supported, quick and dirty!

HOW TO: Shrink a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) in 15 minutes
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Thanks Andrew
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