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VirtualBox and resizing (compacting) the VDI disk

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My installation of Ubuntu 10.04 made use of a dynamic disk. Thus the VDI file on disk kept on growing as I was using it. After a while the VDI disk grew from 38GB to 78GB. I searched around and the easiest option was to use CloneVDI (a Windows program) which clones a VDI file and optionally compacts it as well. I selected the option to keep the UUID the same and simply moved the old file out of the way, dropped the new file (now 38GB in size again) into the same place with the same name of the previous old VDI file and started up the Guest VM.

Success…

PS. When installing the AllMyApps version of CloneVDI my instance of AVG Anti-virus kept on saying there is a trojan file, which I allowed it to remove (move into the Vault) – however – there might be other downloads out there which does not force you to go through AllMyApps.

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Written by Rudi Engelbrecht

August 29, 2013 at 4:59 am

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