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Questions tagged [virtual-disk]

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 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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How to Extend the Volume on hyper-V

I want to expand a 100GB Virtual Hard disk to 200GB; so using Hyper-v settings I expanded it to 200GB. Now back to the guest OS (Windows 10), the additional space is clearly there, it says space is ...
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How can I obtain an analogue to vmware-diskmanager?

I asked How can I make a V2P transition from a VMware disk image to a disk partition? recently, and had a followup question that might do better as a separate question. How can I do the work of ...
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Linux guest (in VirtualBox) won't use all space of dynamic VDI disk

I'm facing a problem with my virtual disk in VirtualBox, on a Linux CentOS Guest. I don't use snapshots on it. It was initially a 8GB disk, which I expanded to 16GB using VBoxManage modifyhd command ...
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How to load data from a old virtual disk generated using PGP 6.0.2?

I have a virtual disk file (.pgd) and I think that I remember the passphrase, is there possible recovery my data? I have try install the PGP Freeware 6.0.2 but it not run in windows 10. I did some ...
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Why is the esxi 6.0 vSphere Web Client is only creating virtual disks on one datastore

I have a esxi 6.0 server setup in my lab with 2 physical drives in it. Datastore1 = 500GB & Datastore2 = 1TB I am trying to create a new VM with a 2 virtual disks. The 1st vdisk is 20GB and will ...
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recover files from deleted virtual disk or partition

Im running a test FTP server using windows server R8 DC in a virtualized environment for educational purposes. My windows resides in C: and I introduced a new virtual disk K: as my storage. Over the ...
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Mounting partition as a virtual disk in Windows?

I'm trying to mount a partition which contains a whole MBR partition table as a virtual disk on Windows, but I haven't found any soulutions for that. Here's how I do it in Linux: With fdisk -lu /dev/...
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Mounting VHD, but not to a drive letter

Can I mount VHD so I can access it from my app, but not as a drive letter. I need to access some files from my app (C# apps), but don't want it to be visible in Windows Explorer.
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Mount FTP site as virtual SD card [closed]

So basically what I'm trying to do is mount an FTP (which happens to be a SD card for my nintendo 3DS) as a virtual SD card on my windows computer, I've seen ways to mount the FTP as a normal virtual ...
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What is a virtual optical disk file and how do you create one?

I am trying to create a virtual machine using virtualBox and I have finished the whole process of specifying the size, the name, etc. However, when I try to power on the machine it tells me: "...
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Windows Backup VHD file format

I created a backup using the Windows "Backup and Restore" in Windows 7. The harddrive was encrypted using DiskCryptor. The windows image consists of 2 vhd files where one of them is the main ...
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Where is VirtualBox's virtual hard disks repository?

A colleague shared a VirtualBox VM with me. When double clicking the VDI file, VirtualBox opens but I get a few errors (the errors were related to incorrect paths and UUIDs in the VBOX file). So I had ...
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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 can I shrink a VMware multi-volume disk?

I'm familiar with shrinking the total space of a virtual disk on Oracle VirtualBox using their vboxmanage.exe command line tool for shrinking.  Now I have a VMware multi-volume disk (vmdk), and I've ...
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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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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 10, 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.
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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 1,...
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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 [closed]

Is there any other software which create recording virtual disk?
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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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Copying a VHD to a physical disk

I've seen a lot of guides on how to do physical -> VHD, but is there any way to easily move a VHD image to a physical disk easily? Or should I just attach the disk and go to town with GNU DD?
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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?