ESXI 5.5 image can't expand the hard disk

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I have a virtual image that was a physical to a virtual conversion and for some reason it does not let me expand the hard disk like the other virtual images, any ideas?
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Snapshot present or IDE disk ?

check my EE Article, if you do not know how to check for snapshots

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk
Mr TorturSystem Engineer

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Hi,
could you give us more details please?
what is the error message, when are you stuck, etc..

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Hi Drew,
I was able to delete the snaps shot and extend the hard disk, however now I'm getting this error upon starting the machine. Can you help?

Out of resources Inssufficient resources
Failed to power on '/vmfs/volumes/5687d50b-03190651-6d64-141877297f1c/DC1.aa.local/DC1.aa.local.vmx'.
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The datastore is out of space, is there a way to shrink back the hard disk? I did not extend the partition yet, so there are free space, why can't I shrink the hard disk space on thick provision? is there a work around?
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he datastore is out of space, is there a way to shrink back the hard disk? I did not extend the partition yet, so there are free space, why can't I shrink the hard disk space on thick provision? is there a work around?

I'm afraid not.

Oh dear, you've now grown the virtual disk too much, because vSphere needs to create a swap file equal to the size of memory in the VM.

Reduce the memory in the VM.

Otherwise you will need to use VMware Converter, to perform a V2V, off the server, then delete the VM, and re-create by importing again, via VMware Converter.

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snapshot deleted and I was able to change the hard disk size.

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