Expanding a Dynamic Disk

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Alan Cameron, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. Alan Cameron

    Alan Cameron Guest

    I have used VirtualPC 2007 for some time now on a Windows XP host to support
    Windows XP Development.
    I am reaching the limit of the dynamic disk I setup initially. I had no
    reason to increase the 16GB maximum size when I started using VPC. Now I do.

    What is the easiest way to increase the maximum disk size to 20GB with no
    loss of content?
    1. Create a new VHD and copy the contents in a dos prompt copy C:\*.* D:\
    2. Image the disk using proprietary software and restore to the new disk.
    3. What others can you suggest?


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    Alan Cameron, Feb 11, 2009
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    Andrew Tapp Guest

    You could try http://vmtoolkit.com/files/default.aspx and look for VHDResizer.

    Hope this helps.

    "Alan Cameron" wrote:

    > I have used VirtualPC 2007 for some time now on a Windows XP host to support
    > Windows XP Development.
    > I am reaching the limit of the dynamic disk I setup initially. I had no
    > reason to increase the 16GB maximum size when I started using VPC. Now I do.
    >
    > What is the easiest way to increase the maximum disk size to 20GB with no
    > loss of content?
    > 1. Create a new VHD and copy the contents in a dos prompt copy C:\*.* D:\
    > 2. Image the disk using proprietary software and restore to the new disk.
    > 3. What others can you suggest?
    >
    >
    > --
    > Alan Cameron
    >
    >
    >
     
    Andrew Tapp, Feb 11, 2009
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    Bo Berglund Guest

    On Wed, 11 Feb 2009 02:15:01 -0800, Andrew Tapp >> I have used
    VirtualPC 2007 for some time now on a Windows XP host to support
    >> Windows XP Development.
    >> I am reaching the limit of the dynamic disk I setup initially. I had no
    >> reason to increase the 16GB maximum size when I started using VPC. Now I do.
    >>
    >> What is the easiest way to increase the maximum disk size to 20GB with no
    >> loss of content?
    >> 1. Create a new VHD and copy the contents in a dos prompt copy C:\*.* D:\
    >> 2. Image the disk using proprietary software and restore to the new disk.
    >> 3. What others can you suggest?
    >>

    <> wrote:

    >You could try http://vmtoolkit.com/files/default.aspx and look for VHDResizer.
    >
    >Hope this helps.
    >
    >"Alan Cameron" wrote:
    >


    VHDResizer does the job....
    But notice that at the end you will have a new bigger disk drive with
    your old disk as a partition on this disk that does not use the whole
    disk. So you have space to partition a second drive on this disk and
    then use it to store your files. This can be done with the native
    tools in XP (diskmanager).
    But if you want to utilize the whole new virtual disk on the base
    partition then you need 3rd party tools to expand the existing
    partition to fill the whole drive. This does not come with XP.
    PartitionMagic from Symantec is one product for example (not free).

    By the way, why not set the new virtual disk to a much bigger size,
    like 64 Gb? It won't affect your host VHD file size until you fill it
    with data, but you will not need to repeat this upgrade down the
    line...

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    Bo Berglund (Sweden)
     
    Bo Berglund, Feb 11, 2009
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    Adamkkk

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    we used a partition manager to enlarge volume on dynamic disk.
    just drag the volume backward, and the free space is given to it. quite easy to use.
    it worked well to us. but do backup everything before doing anything to the disk.
    i googled one of the tutorials about increasing dynamic volume.
    3w.partition-tool.com/resource/increase-dynamic-system-volume.htm
     
    Adamkkk, Oct 31, 2011
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    wiiliamsmith

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    Thanks for suggesting such an excellent tool...
     
    wiiliamsmith, May 15, 2014
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