Thursday, February 28, 2008

Resize the virtual harddisk size

As a developer, I need to test the applications written in different version of Windows OSs, sometimes also need to try out the new beta products, and of course, to run the application without the Vista's UAC. I need to cultivate the environment for simple virus as well (very dangerous for a beginner like me). I like to use Virtual PC since i can get all these advantages.

If the disk space is running out, the virtual OS will keep notifying you to clean up more space. It is quite annoying to clean up the space to move on.With the VHD Resizer, you can add more space to extend the life span of your virtual environment.

1. After download and install the VHD Resizer, you will be greeted with Open File Dialog:

2. then you will come to the VHD Resizer main UI, insert the new vhd file you want with the new file size, the disk space allocation will start.

3. After minutes, the allocation will finish. But your job is not done yet. You would not get the result instantly. You need to go to Disk Management and partition the new disk space.

4. You will be greeted another wizard : New Partition Wizard. Use the default values for each settings.

5. The disk formatting will be completed fast and easily.

6. The actual file size for the vhd resized is not increased tremendously, I think 70 MB is used for partition the disk space, since later the hard disk space will expand dynamically.

7. Done. You will be freed from the virtual disk space problem!

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