I am runing 4 virtual machines on my macbook pro, But i realized recently that virtual disk vmdk files are taking way too much space, I will very much like to delete these .vmdk files but i am not sure if deleting them will affect my existing virtual machines. everywhere I have looked so far provides mixed information that doest not help my current situation. Attached is a screenshot of my system information.
You cannot physically delete files as long as they are included in the definition of a VM or you risk damaging it.
You must remove the disk from the VMware settings of the VM before deleting the file.
If the file is the system disk of the VM, you might as well delete the VM itself.
I find it strange that all the files have the same size, so I ask myself if you have pre-allocated them all. Files should be defined as growable to use minimal space. It is still possible to convert a static file to growable if that's the case, but reducing it is a longer story.