Monday, January 29, 2007

VMWARE: Reduce (o Shrink) a Virtual Disk

Shrinking a virtual disk reclaims unused space in the virtual disk. If there is empty space in the disk, this process reduces the amount of space the virtual disk occupies on the host drive.
Shrinking a virtual disk is a convenient way to convert a virtual disk to the format supported by Workstation. Virtual disks created in the new format can be recognized only by VMware Workstation 3.0 and higher. If you allocated all the space for your virtual disk at the time you created it, you cannot shrink it.

To shrink a virtual disk:
1. Launch the control panel. Double-click the VMware Tools icon in the system tray, or choose Start > Settings > Control Panel, then double-click VMware Tools.
2. Click the Shrink tab.
3. Select the virtual disks you want to shrink, then click Prepare to Shrink.
4. Click Yes when VMware Tools finishes wiping the selected disk partitions. Shrinking disks may take considerable time.
5. Click OK to finish.

More info: http://www.vmware.com/support/ws5/doc/ws_disk_shrink.html