How do I safely remove a virtual disk

I have a Virtual server running Windows 2008 R2.  This server has a primary C: partition (virtual disk1) and a secondary partition E: (virtual disk 2) that we oversized when when we build the server.  I just added a third smaller partition by creating another virtual disk (virtual disk 3) and was able to move/mirror all the files over to that partition and then swap drive letters.  Now I want to safely remove the previously oversized disk.  Is this as simple as powering down the server, going into the Virtual Machine settings, selecting the Hard disk and clicking Remove?   I'm just being cautious because this is a production server.  Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, it is.

In fact Hot Plug is also supported, on some OS, and VMs, so you  can do this without powering off.

Just make sure, that nothing is writing to the disk you remove!

Also a tip here, it's often best, to just remove from virtual machine, and (do not delete from disk), until absolutely certain, there is no data you need to get back!

Once delete from the datastore (VMFS partition) often very difficult to undelete or undoe!

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Before you remove it from the VM, make sure you have noted the Virtual Disk's filename, so you can later delete it's files manually should removing it from the VM not ask you whether you want to do that now. If you don't do that check it is possible that you'll delete the wrong files later.
maximjonAuthor Commented:
Worked great.  Thanks guys
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no problems.
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