A virtual disk is a file accessed as if it was a disk. Virtual Disks are often used with Virtual Machines where they may hold a a complete file system for the VM's operating system. An operating may also be able to be booted from a virtual disk (e.g., Microsoft Windows 7 and 8)

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Recovering a damaged PGD file

Recently, I got a disk crash and one partition of my HDD was wiped out. I used EaseusDataRecoveryWizard to search for some important files I had. There are 2 PGD files, virtual disks used by PGP ...
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How do I create a floppy disk image (containing files) for VirtualBox on Windows

I am trying to set up a VirtualBox Windows guest to preinstall using an Autounattend.xml file loaded from a floppy disk image. My host PC is Windows. I know I could set up a VM and mount an empty ...
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How to shrink an VMWare multi volume disk?

I'm familliar about srinking the total space of a virtual disk of Oracle VirtualBox disks using their vboxmanage.exe comandline tool for shrinking, but now I have an VMWare multi volume disk (vmdk), ...
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How to emulate a virtual USB drive in Windows?

I have a remote server where I should test work of some application with USB drive. Unfortunately, there is no ability to install any USB drive there. So, I need to emulate a virtual USB drive in ...
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.DSK to .vdi or other Virtual box supported format

Is there any way to convert dsk files to any usable format for virtual box? Is this type of conversion possible or not?
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Too many VMDK files on my windows VM

I have a windows vm with 60 GB disk running on VMWare Workstation. I see the total size of the folder containing is close to 115 GB. I had some 7 snapshots and though snapshots are the reason. Delete ...
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How to re-shrink a bloated vhdx

I created a Virtual Hard Disk which expanded in filesize as I stored more stuff. But it doesn't reduce back in size as I delete stuff from it. As you can see It only has 10G worth of content on the ...
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VirtualBox guest not acknowledging expanded drive; Win7 on Win7

I think I'm experiencing a wierd issue; I hope I'm not, and that I'm just somehow missing something consistently. Here's a quick breakdown: Running VirtualBox 4.3.10 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1) ...
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VirtualBox Dynamic Disk not growing to max size

I have a VMDK format drive. Actual size is 5MB, virtual is 40GB. The guest is tiny core linux (it's from boot2docker), created using VBoxManage createhd --format VMDK --filename boot2docker.vmdk ...
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Restrict the amount of space a folder can use

I have a directory I have given write access to everyone and shared it for the LAN (for easy distribution of files within my sharehouse). I want to be able to remove any chance that my drive will fill ...
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Backup virtual hard disk

I have a VM created in VMWare Player. It's VHD is currently sized 17 GB, split among multiple 2 GB files. The host OS is Windows 8. I use CrashPlan in host OS for file backup. The problem is, ...
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Splitting a single virtual hard disk in VMWare

I created a virtual machine in VMWare Player. I created a 20 GB (max size) virtual hard disk for it and choose "single file" instead of "split into multiple files". Now, whenever I use the VM, the ...
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Is there a Linux equivalent for VHD from which it can boot?

I have searched for this quite a lot, yet all I could find was VLite. By the way, I'm talking about an equivalent for Windows native VHD boot and not virtualization.
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Make Linux VirtualBox Guest use all Virtual Disk Available (no snapshots)

Using -modifyhd the storage on a vmdk was increased from 20 to 50GB. However the Centos client does not take advantage of it. A prior question doubling virtual disk size does not change fdisk -l ...
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e2image restore file system metadata

I'm trying to recreate file system metadata on a virtual disk. I can save this metadata using e2image, and the e2image man page tells me I can use e2image -I to restore the file system. Unfortunately, ...
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Searching virtual machine linked clones in VMware Workstation

Is there a tool which can search linked clones of a chosen virtual machine in selected directories? Alternatively is there a tool which would show the path to the parent virtual disk of a selected ...
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One VHD attached to multiple computers

Is it possible to have one VHD and have multiple computers attach it? I get the error "Cannot attach vhd because another process is using it".
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Copy vmware virtual disk contents from one to antoher?

Is there a way to copy contents from one virtual disk to another? I need a way to lower size of the virtual disk, I was thinking of creating new one and copying contents from the old to new one. Also ...
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How to convert .img to usable VirtualBox format

I have a .img file for Windows 1, and I need to turn it into something which I can use in VirtualBox, such as an ISO, or turning it into a bootable virtual disk for an ICT project. If you need any ...
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Reconfigure RAID-1 Virtual Disk managed by Dell Perc 4/SC controller

I'm running out of space on a server. It's got 3 SCSI drives connected to it managed by PERC 4/SC controller. One disk (let's call it #1) is 38Gb, the other two (#2 and #3) are 64Gb. I have a RAID-1 ...
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Access raw partition from a virtual machine - is it faster than a virtual disk?

If I allow raw partition access to a virtual machine, will it be considerably faster than a normal, file-based virtual disk? I'm using VirtualBox, Windows 7 and a 5400 rpm HDD, if that matters.
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Combine SPARSE disks for VMWare

I am trying to migrate my VMWare machine to Oracle VM Box. However, looks like VM Box does not understand multiple sparse files for my VMWare machine. I think to combine all vmdk's into single one, ...
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Fixed size disk vs dynamically allocated: is there a performance difference on an SSD?

When using a virtual disk, I understand that on a HDD there is often a write speed penalty while the drive is still growing. But for an SSD is this penalty mostly eliminated? Is there any other ...
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Are there any known issues with Windows-8 installed on a VHD?

I installed Windows 8 preview on a VHD image and it seemed to work until I actually started using it. I´m seeing terrible performance. Installing anything makes everything else "stutter" or freeze for ...
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How to convert from raw disk image to OVF

How do I convert a virtual appliance image in RAW format (in)directly to OVF/OVA format? There is a tool called ovftools that allows the conversion from .ovf/.ova/.vmx to .ovf/.ova/.vmx. but it ...
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Disk space - when to concern oneself about it?

My operating system is Windows 7 Vista Home Edition, and I have a 464 GB disk drive. So far I have used 198 GB out of it. As I understand it - 464 GB = 464 x 1,024 MB = 475,136 MB. 196 GB = 196 x ...
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Is there a Windows equivalent to Remote Disc?

So obviously almost 3/5 of laptops sold today come without CD drives, mine being one of them. My dad wants to watch DVDs and install Office '07 however, and he won't pay a hundred dollars for an ...
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Recording to virtual disk

Software which create recording virtual disk? I wanna from others software burning data like in normal CD. Sorry for my English.
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Performance Gains with Compacting Virtual Disks in VMware Workstation

I'm using VMware Workstation 7. Are there any performance gains or losses to be had by compacting a virtual disk, or is it strictly a file size gain? If there are any differences with performances, ...
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How do I convert a VirtualBox VDI file to a VMware vdmk?

I'm using VirtualBox 2.1.4 and want to convert a VDI file to load it in VMware Player (3.0.0 build-197124 on Vista Home Premium). I think I can change the VDI format to vmdk with a tool provided by ...
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How can I recover/compact space used by a Virtual PC virtual hard drive?

I have a Windows 2003 Server setup in Virtual PC. I loaded it with VS2005, SQL Server etc., and the size of the VHD file was 15 GB. Over the months, I have tried various things including setting up ...
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Is there any performance difference between the VMDK and VDI virtual disk formats with Virtual Box?

In virtual box 3.0.2 is there any performance difference between using the native VDI virtual disk format and the VMDK virtual disk format?