As soon as your VMware virtual disk (VMDK) is not having enough disk space, you will have two solutions to increase the disk space on your virtual machines: add another virtual disk on your virtual machine or resize current virtual disk to get much bigger. In most cases, it's easy to have a second virtual hard drive. On the other hand, some people prefer to grow the size of their existing virtual disk in order that they don't need to adjust application or data locations.
How to resize VMware virtual disk (VMDK)?
If you want to resize virtual disk, the VMware offers "vdiskmanager.exe" command line utility that could expand the size of virtual disk, rather than extend VMware virtual disk partition. As a result, in order to resize VMware partition, you always need to work with third party partition programs, such as Partition Magic Software - Partition Assistant.
Tips: If you need to increase VMware virtual disk size in advance, visit how to increase virtual disk size; if you only want to resize virtual disk partition in VMware, please read on.
How to resize VMware partition with Partition Magic Software?
As Partition Magic alternative, Partition Assistant is an all-in-one partition manager and reliable disk management toolbox which work well with Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008, 2012 on both host and guest system and support all the VMware products, such as VMware Workstation, VMware ESX, VMware Server and much more. It provides basic and advanced features to make sure your VMware virtual machines are running efficiently.
Note: If there is unallocated space at the end of the virtual disk, e.g. [C drive][D drive][unallocated space], please follow the Step 3.
Step1: Choose the right version and install it. Then, launch Partition Assistant Server, all the virtual disks and partitions will be listed as shown below:
Step2: Right click D partition and select "Resize".
In the pop-up window, position the mouse pointer on the right borderline and drag the slider bar leftwards. Then, click "OK
Step3: Select D partition. Position the mouse pointer on D partition and drag it to the right.
Step4: Select C drive. Drag the right slider bar rightwards to merge unallocated space into C drive.
Step5: You can preview the extended C drive. To save the changes, please click "Apply" on the toolbar.
With several drags and clicks, you are able to resize VMware partition easily and safely. Now download demo version and try for free.