The below explains how to expand a VMware VMs drive using diskpart. In this example we are extended the E: drive of a windows 2003 server.
Another (and sometimes simpler option) is to run vConverter and create a new VM resizing the drive in the process.
Note- that you can’t use disk part to extend the size of a system drive. To extend a system drive you can attach the system vmdk file to another VM (i.e. so it boots of another system drive) and then run diskpart.
- Shutdown the VM
- Copy the VMs files to another location (so you have a backup in case the worst happens)
In VI client “edit settings” of the VM and change the drive size
- Start up the VM
Open a command prompt. Enter
- List volume
- Select volume X (where X is the number of the volume you want to extend)