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Thursday, December 29, 2011

How to resize (increase) main NTFS system partition of your Windows base virtual mashine in VMware Workstation

Problem summary
When we create a VM we specify the various hardware component we want to virtualize. One of them is the HDD.  After some time you may find out that the hard drive your VM has is too small.

The VMware Workstation allows you to resize the disk (as long there are not snapshots).

You can't install any additional software because there is not enough free space.

Although there are many tools you can use to resize the NTFS file system many of them have some limitation (demo version doesn't write data to the disk) or require a comercial license to bought or can be use on the main partition (diskpart.exe) [2]

The task can be done with the help of [1]. We don't need license. It can resize the main NTFS partition.

Free EaseUS® Partition Master 9.1 Home Edition 

Free EaseUS® Partition Master 9.1 Home Edition


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