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Increasing your Windows XP NTFS disk size under VMware Workstation 7

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/02/11

Searching how to increase your Windows XP NTFS partitions of Virtual Machines running under VMware Workstation 7 gets you a truckload of links trying to get you to do all sorts of  command-line like vmware-vdiskmanager and such.
That was indeed the case up till VMware Workstation 6.5, but from version 7 on, it has become much easier.
But the links with difficult steps keep appearing at the top of the search queries.

Hence this blog entry: increasing the NTFS partition size in a Windows VM is easy!

The increase is a two step process:

  1. In VMware Workstation,  increase the size of the physical disk
  2. Increase the NTFS partion on that physical disk

Step 1 has become much easier since VMware Workstation version 7, you can do it from within VMware Workstation now.
Dinesh describes this small process very well in his Expand Disk in VMware Workstation 7 blog postStep 2 depends on your Windows version, is is really easy or moderate:

So when I need to do this again, now I have the right links :-)

NB:
If you still want to do it the old-fashioned command-line based way, here is a neat article that describes how.
If you run ESX/ESXi or vShere, this article describes a few ways.

–jeroen

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