VMWare .VMDK file growing too fast

Discussion in 'sandboxing & virtualization' started by Athletic, Dec 22, 2010.

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  1. Athletic

    Athletic Registered Member

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    Is there any way to stop it ? I tried disk defragment from VMWare disk utility, disk compacting, deleting few snapshoot that i made...nothing helps, still growing too fast. In 15 days of use virtual XP in VMWare with just few programs instaled makes that .vmdk file on host 10GB big. Maybe when i was installing XP in VMWare had to select other of two options, something like ''predefined'',''static'' virtual disk size, not ''active'', ''growable'' like i have selected (and it's default)... ?

    Any suggestion ?
     
  2. Triple Helix

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    Mine is 14GB with very few programs on it! Did you go into the Temp folder and delete unnecessary files and Delete System Restore points?

    HTH,

    TH
     
  3. Athletic

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    First that i have done is disabling system restore, and automatic updates....I even found out that deleting files(big files) inside virtual operating system can't help, can't stop growing that file on host !!!
     
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  5. pandlouk

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    Try the following:

    -Delete all the snapshots.
    -Run a defrag from inside the virtual OS.
    -Perform a shrink/compating and when finished shut down the v. OS.
    - Take a snapshot now that the Os is closed. From now on you'll be able to reclaim the space used by reverting to this initial snapshot and deleting the ones after that.

    Panagiotis
     
  6. pajenn

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    VM's take a lot of space. I keep only one on my laptop with limited snapshots, and I have the "Default location for virtual machines" on a data partition so that they won't slow up and increase the size of backups I make of the system partition.

    I have other, bigger VM's on a 1.5 TB external hard drive. I think running them through a USB 2.0 connection slows down the performance slightly, but I just don't have enough disk space for them on my laptop. (I hope with USB 3.0 and SSD in the future this won't be an issue).
     
  7. Athletic

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    Thanks.

    I had few snapshoots, and the strange thing is when i delete last snapshoot from ''snapshoot manager'' almost all size of that snapshoot is adding to the previous snapshoot...and the programs from last snapshoot are again here, very strange.

    I removed VMWare, my hard drive it's not big enough...Next try will be with Virtual Box
     
  8. Athletic

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    I found a way :D Instaling on host Returnil lite or Shadow Defender :D yesssssss btw. + it's another layer of protection for host
     
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