Server 2012 - Can I extend disk over 2048?

H iall,

I have a VM with a basic NTFS disk that I desperately need to extend but I cant. Is there anything I can do ?
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Radhakrishnan RSenior Technical LeadCommented:
Hi,

Is the drive has unallocated space? if so, you can extend the volume from File and Storage services>>Volumes.

If you don't have any unallocated space and any SAN attached on these VM's then it's not straight forward. You need to create LUN and allocate some space to datastore, then it will come as unallocated space which you can try to extend.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Add a new VMware Virtual Disk, which exceeds 2TB-512bytes, ensure that you are using a supported version of VMware vSphere which supports larger virtual machine disks.

Then create your new GPT based disk, (partition and format), and then you will need to copy/robocopy the data from old  disk to new disk.

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Radhakrishnan RSenior Technical LeadCommented:
Addition to my earlier update, the best approach would be converting basic disk to dynamic. You can follow this procedure https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731274.aspx

Hope this helps.
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
the best approach would be converting basic disk to dynamic

if the user is hitting a vmware limit of 2tb then converting to dynamic disk is pointless
andrew's suggestion seems sufficient - if the user has the supported environment

Support for virtual machine disks larger than 2 TB in VMware ESXi 5.5
MattAuthor Commented:
its a depude folder for backup. Looks like im going to have to delete it then.
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