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Consolidate 3 HDs into 1 HD  in VMware

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How can I consolidate 3 HDs into 1 HD in Windows and Linux. We have vSphere 6.0.
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by:rindi
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I don't understand what you want to do. Can you give examples about how your setup is now and what you exactly want to end up with?
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Why would you want to migrate from 3 hard disks to 1 single hard disk (e.g. partitions ?)
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by:cgeorgeisaac
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It is 3 different  HDs  and I want to consolidate into one.  
It is one of our main Netmail Servers and each HD has different tasks.
HD1 = 250 GB
HD2 = 2.5 TB
HD3 = 1.5 TB

The backups are running on snapshots, even after deleting it.  We are hopeful consolidating them may fix it.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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This is BAD PRACTICE, using partitions, rather than individual disks per volume.

It will not solve the snapshot issue, this is due to poor slow storage, or HIGH I/O transactions in the VM.

Run the backup at a quiet time, and speak and escalate to your Backup Vendor  - I have advised you on this previously.
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by:cgeorgeisaac
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Thank you for your advise.  I need to know How to  consolidate  3 HDs into one.
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You will have to do it manually, I don't think VMware Converter, is going to help you.
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by:cgeorgeisaac
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Sure.  do you know how to do it manually - is there any guide or link?
Also, I was wondering if  I could create a New VM and have all the 3 HDs copied into one -  is there a procedure you know of?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Sure.  do you know how to do it manually - is there any guide or link?
Also, I was wondering if  I could create a New VM and have all the 3 HDs copied into one -  is there a procedure you know of?

Yes, I know how to do it.

File and Copy, or cloning.

There is no virtua procedure.
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by:cgeorgeisaac
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Thank you
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