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Re: [opensuse] Virtual box running out of disk space
On 09/08/2011 04:45 PM, Tejas Guruswamy pecked at the keyboard and wrote:
On 08/09/11 12:18, Fr David Ousley wrote:
On Wed, 07 Sep 2011 23:10:26 -0400, Ken Schneider - openSUSE
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On 09/07/2011 08:59 PM, Fr David Ousley pecked at the keyboard and
Friends --

I'm running Windows XP in a virtual machine on Virtual Box, set up with
"dynamically expanding hard disk", which is now out of disk space. It
does not expand itself, so that it has run out of disk space. Running
"VBoxManage modifyhd --resize 20 windowsxp.vdi" returns the error
"VBOX_E_NOT_SUPPORTED VBoxManage: error: Resize hard disk operation for
this format is not implemented yet!"

I thought that "dynamically expanding" would, well, dynamically expand.
Am I missing something here? I had run VB for several years on another
machine without ever encountering the problem.

Host is 11.3; VB 4.0.12_72916_openSUSE113-1-x86_64 from Oracle.

Thanks for any help.

It is dynamically expanding, up to the size you made it originally.
The expansion is on the "physical" harddisk "file". When you created
the harddisk it's size was near zero, as you added items, I.E.
operating system, the physical file "expanded" to provide the
additional needed space.

Bottom line, you need to create a harddisk size you think will cover
everything you want installed in the "Virtual Machine".

Thanks, that's helpful. What do I do now? Is the only option to create
a new machine with a larger hard disk and start over?

You could create a new hard drive, and image it over using dd or similar
(like swapping hard drives on a real physical machine). Same caveats
apply (by-id disk labels in GRUB and fstab have to change, etc)


See above. He is running Windows XP in the VM.

Create a new larger harddrive and clone the original to it using your favorite cloning software. I use UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD) for cloning and resizing purposes.

Ken Schneider
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