VMware datastore

Two issues:

1) After resizing some partitions to lower sizes, I find that the regained space is not returning to the data store from which it was assigned.

What are the steps to regain this space back to the data store.

2) Also, after adding a 2nd. hard disk, I find that I can't change the hard disk size in Edit Settings in VShere. It returns to the original size that I gave it in the first place. Do I have to delete the entire partition?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. I assume here you are referring to OS Partitions in the VMDK (virtual machine disk), if you allocate a 40GB virtual machine disk, and create a partition of 40GB, and reduce the OS partition to 30GB, the virtual machine disk will not reduce in size, and it will still take up 40GB of the datastore.

if you want to recover datastore space, you will need to follow these steps in my EE Article

Part 13: HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2

2. You can only increase the virtual machine disk size. You cannot reduce the size through Edit Settings, only increase.

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