Estimating size on host of Win95 FAT16 partition

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Nick Dreyer, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Nick Dreyer

    Nick Dreyer Guest

    Is there anyway of estimating the actual hard drive space consumed by each
    500 MB FAT16 Windows 95 partition I want to create to replicate an old
    Win95 box to be retired. I see it says 500MB minimum needed for Windows
    95 clients running in VPC, but that presumably is some baseline figure.

    Thanks for your help

    Nick Dreyer, Dec 7, 2005
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  2. Nick Dreyer

    Steve Jain Guest

    Why not just look and see? Then create a VHD that is slightly larger.

    You can create a fixed size VHD of most any size and that is exactly
    the size it will take up on your hard drive.

    Steve Jain, Virtual Machine MVP
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    Steve Jain, Dec 7, 2005
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  3. Nick Dreyer

    Nick Dreyer Guest

    Yes, but isn't there some kind of "overhead" whereby 500MB of FAT16 actually
    takes up more than 500MB virtual hard drive space? If there is such
    "overhead", is it negligible or is it a noticeable fraction like 2.5 or 2
    times the original size? If there is no clear-cut relationship, can somebody
    provide typical results from experience?

    This is what I am asking, admittedly coming from someone knowing virtually
    nothing about the inner workings of VPC

    I would really like to know ahead of time so I know how much actual hard drive
    space to plan on for this VM on the host without having to do too much of my
    own "testing" around. That's all . . .

    Thanks again, |\|.
    Nick Dreyer, Dec 7, 2005
  4. There is about 35MB overhead per virtual machine. That's it.
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 7, 2005
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