VMware Workstation 10: How to expand disk capacity of a Virtual Machine?

We can expand the disk capacity for existing Virtual Machines. This article explains the steps to expand disk capacity for Virtual Machine.

Step 1. Open VMware Workstation application.

VMware Workstation 10 - Home page

VMware Workstation 10 – Home page

Step 2. Click on “Open a Virtual Machine” link. VMware Workstation will display a file open dialog.

Step 3. Select the virtual disk file you want to open. VMware Workstation will open the virtual machine and add the node to its left side pane. And in right side pane it will display virtual machine details.

VMware Workstation 10 - Virtual Machine details

VMware Workstation 10 – Virtual Machine details

Step 4. Click on “Edit Virtual machine settings”. VMware Workstation will display “Virtual Machine Settings” dialog.

VMware "Virtual Machine Settings" - Utilities menu

VMware “Virtual Machine Settings” – Utilities menu

Step 5. From Hardware tab, select “Hard Disk” item. VMware Workstation will display virtual disk details.

Step 6. Click on Utilities button. VMware Workstation will display a pull-down menu.

Step 7. From pull-down menu, select “Expand…” menu item. VMware Workstation will display “Expand Disk Capacity” dialog.

VMware Virtual Machine - "Expand Disk Capacity" dialog

VMware Virtual Machine – “Expand Disk Capacity” dialog

Step 8. Adjust the value in “Maximum disk size (GB):” field, by editing the value or by clicking on the spin button control. Remember that we are allowed only to increase the disk size value.

Step 9. Once the value is increased; Expand button will be enabled. Click on Expand button. VMware Workstation will start expanding the disk size allotted to the Virtual Machine.

Step 10. Upon successful completion, VMware Workstation will display the successful message. You must repartition the disk and expand the file system from within the guest Operating System.

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