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VMware ESXI: creating an eagerly zeroed thick disk

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/12/30

For my memory to create a 40 GiB (gibibytes, i.e. sizes in powers of 2 bytes):

# vmkfstools --createvirtualdisk 40G --diskformat eagerzeroedthick ./X9SRI-3F-W10P-EN-MEDIA-DATA.vmdk
Creating disk './X9SRI-3F-W10P-EN-MEDIA-DATA.vmdk' and zeroing it out...
Create: 100% done.

People tend to abbreviate it into what for me reads gibberish:

# vmkfstools -c 40G -d eagerzeroedthick ./X9SRI-3F-W10P-EN-MEDIA-DATA.vmdk
Creating disk './X9SRI-3F-W10P-EN-MEDIA-DATA.vmdk' and zeroing it out...
Create: 100% done.

It will create a descriptor file and flat data file, of which the last is exactly 40 gibibytes size (as 42949672960 / (1024 * 1024 * 1024) == 40):

# ls -l X9SRI-3F-W10P-EN-MEDIA-DATA*.vmdk
-rw-------    1 root     root     42949672960 Nov 16 16:54 X9SRI-3F-W10P-EN-MEDIA-DATA-flat.vmdk
-rw-------    1 root     root           471 Nov 16 16:54 X9SRI-3F-W10P-EN-MEDIA-DATA.vmdk

–jeroen

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