As I was working with the awesome Visual Studio 2010 VM created by Brian Keller, it just recently expired and found that the new released ‘edition’ that will expire Nov 2011 had a problem with low disk space. I sent an e-mail to email@example.com. Just a few hours later Brian replied and had a fix available as explained here. Awesome support!
So here is what I did to fix my local disk, without downloading the files again.
- Find a disk or partition with at least 40GB free disk space
- Download and install VHD Resizer from vmToolkit
- Run VHD Resizer and select the Visual Studio 2010 RTM Hard Disk.vhd
- Enter Destination Vhd name and change
New Size: 100 GB
- Now click the resize button and let it do its work. (Note: it has to copy 40 GB so it can take a while)
Since it has become a Dynamic disk, its size is actually a bit smaller, it only copies used sectors.
- Next step is to create a new Virtual Machine.
I tend to create a new differencing disk based on the Visual Studio 2010 vhd, with undo disks enabled. So I also set the parent disk (Visual Studio 2010 Nov 2011.vhd) to Read-only, see the above screenshot.
- Start the VM
Note that you still have low disk space, let’s fix that!
- Start Computer Management and select Disk Management
- Right-click the C drive and select Extend Volume…
Click Next/Finish through the wizard, you should now have a single volume capable of holding 100 GB
- We now have lots of ‘virtual’ free space.
- Finally, if you have undo-disks enabled, shut down the VM and Apply Changes.
Thanks again to Brian Keller for his superb fast response on this. Knowing that he has to spend about a week to prepare and create these VM’s every time it is amazing that he keeps providing these. I was also a bit surprised that I did not find any reference of this problem. I would have expected that these VM’s are used a lot around the world. Perhaps it is only the Windows (7) Virtual PC version that has this problem. I expect most people run these using Hyper-V.
Last revised: 19 Jan, 2012 08:47 PM