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Getting message vmware has paused this virtual machine because the disk which virtual machine is stored iss almost full. to continue, free up 962 MB of disk space. My Mac has over 160GB free. Bootcamp has 40GB but shows only 1GB free. VMware virtual machine COPY has 5 GB and VMware virtual machine has 25GB. Yet when I go into VMware vitual machine the C drive says 40GB size and 11GB used with 29GB free. Where do I free up space??

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Try the option in VMware to "shrink" your disk. I believe it will reclaim unused space.

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To do this via GUI with VMware Workstation 8.03 on Ubuntu 12.04, enter the manager (sudo vmware), right-click the virtual machine and select Settings, highlight Hard Disk, click the Utilities drop-down and select Compact. This method, however, did not work for me, despite having 17/41GB free. –  tyblu May 14 '12 at 2:26

My VMWare player regularly asks me to free 100 Kb or 11 Mb to go on whereas my partition has 1.2 Gb free ! It checks the free space percentage which is only 2%...

To avoid that, the following forum refers to an advanced parameter to add

mainMem.freeSpaceCheck = "FALSE"

in the VMX text file. But then you have to be careful to have enough free space, maybe with another tool to check it for you.

Shrinking a virtual disk will reclaim unused space from the disk image. It may work better after a full defragmentation of NTFS/FAT file systems.

But not all virtual disk image types support "shrinking" and that operation requires at least 2 Gb free. My favorite type is "1 : growable virtual disk split in 2GB files".

I often use VMWare Virtual Disk Manager to create, grow and convert image disks. It is available in Workstation product or as a standalone executable in VMWare Server.

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