Friday, April 20, 2012

Expanding VMWare Hard Disk with VMWare Player 4.0 Installed

After I finished setting up my VMWare hard disk using VMWare Player 4.0 I was down to less than 1 GB of hard disk space left on the player. The instructions to expand the disk only went up to version 3.x and I was unable to locate vmware-vdiskmanager to perform the operation. Here are the steps you need to take to expand your hard disk with VMWare Player 4.0:

1) Download and install VMware Virtual Disk Development Kit

2) Browse to the VVDDK bin directory and run: vmware-vdiskmanager -x 60Gb vm.vmdk
   - Adjust the size of the disk from 60 Gb to whatever suits you
   - Be sure to update the path of your VMDK file

3) Go here to update the guest operating system so it knows the new disk size if it is partitioned