VMware how to delete disks from HOST (not the VM) Solved

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    VMware how to delete disks from HOST (not the VM)

    Hi folks
    there's plenty of info about removing a Virtual disk from a VMware VM but this just removes the virtual HDD from the VM but doesn't actually delete it from your Host disk.

    What you have to do is go into the VM file itself for the VM and once you've ascertained which disk it is you then delete all the files with a name for example

    vmname -0-s001.vdmk
    vmname -0-s002.vdmk etc

    also delete the definition file
    vmname -0.vdmk

    (note there might not be a number if it's the initial (original) Virtual HDD you want to delete -- e.g vmname-s001.vdmk etc and vmname.vdmk)

    This can be useful if you change around virtual HDD's in a VM and want to get rid of one's you've removed. I wanted to change some SCSI virtual HDD's to SATA and move the VM to smaller disks (compacting HDD's doesn't delete surplus space from HOST).

    To find out the actual HDD that is being used for boot for example in my case : it's this one

    vmname -0.vdmk

    so I delete all the other ones -- freed up over 100GB on HOST getting rid of unused VHD's.

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    Note - this deletes the VHD's from the HOST - to delete from the VM just use the delete in the VM menu --note to repeat deleting a VHD from the VM does NOT delete the files from the host - to do that use method as I've shown.

    Incidentally you can move existing VHD's between VM's by just in the VM hardware add hard disk -->use existing VHD. Point to the definition disk e.g vmname -0.vdmk i.e the one without any s001, s002 suffixes.

    Last edited by jimbo45; 08 Mar 2019 at 06:32.
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