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I am running VMWare Fusion 3.1.2 on Mac with a Windows 7 virtual machine. The size of the virtual machine file continually grows no matter how much data I have on there. It is currently at 109 GB. I just threw out 3 GB of files but the size of the VM stayed the same. Will this VM just grow and grow? I will soon reach a point where I can not longer host it on my Mac or back it up.

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Do you have snapshots of the guest? –  Fergus Dec 19 '10 at 22:54
    
yes fergNab and I did not realize they took up so much space. How many snapshots is responsible to maintain? –  mmcglynn Dec 20 '10 at 14:46

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Try performing a disk cleanup. Enter the virtual machine’s settings and go to Hard Disks -> Clean Up Disk.

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It's a long time since this was asked, but 109GB is a huge size. It sounds as if snapshots are being used and if so, see http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1025279 and http://bulldogdata.com/2012/08/why-vmware-snapshots-are-both-good-and-really-really-bad/ for advice on how many to keep (few and for a short time, basically).

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