!!! Back up your disk image before
trying the below !!!
If you are using a sparse raw image,
dd if=/dev/zero of=hdd.img seek=N obs=1MB count=0"
where hdd.img is the raw format image that you want to resize and N is
the new size that you want the image
to be, in megabytes. To change the
units of N, change obs to something
else such as 1GB for units in
If you want to resize a raw image but
you do not want it to become sparse
(you actually want those zeros in the
file) then do "dd if=/dev/zero
of=image seek=S count=N-S obs=1"
instead, where N is the new size and S
is the old size (in bytes).
If you want to resize a qcow2 image,
this is not yet supported.
this email shows some experimenting
with resizing qcow images with a hex
Resizing or growing images in other
formats (VMware, Bochs, cow, or cloop)
is not supported to the best of my
On a Windows host it is possible to
resize a raw format disk image using
the 'copy' command. You can use
qemu-img to convert your existing
image to raw format if need be. We
will use a temporary raw format disk
image that will be appended on to the
end of your existing raw format disk
image. The size of this temporary
image is the size the existing image
will be expanded by:
qemu-img create -f raw temp.img 300M
You should then issue the below
command - orig.img is your existing
raw format image that you want to make
larger, temp.img is the temporary
image file created earlier, and
new.img is the resized resultant
copy /b orig.img+temp.img new.img
You will then need to repartition and
resize the existing partition(s) and
filesystem(s) on the new image. One
method of doing this is to boot
gparted in QEMU with the gparted
livecd iso and the new disk image.