This isn't a problem I should have had to deal with, but I can be stupid. Like other virtualization products,VirtualBox
offers a dynamic disk option that allows you to overestimate how large a disk you'll need without penalizing you with wasted disk space. VBox will grow the disk image as you need it rather than pre-allocate the entire disk.
I built a Win7 virtual some time ago and set the C:\ to a max of 20GB. In hindsight, I should have made it 40GB. Today I dealt with it using Clonezilla
and Windows 7 disk manager. Here's how.
(Note: After doing all this, I learned about VirtualBox's buil-tin feature to resize a disk using 'VBoxmanage modifyhd'. You may want to look into that first)
My virtual had two IDE drives (master & slave). The master was the system (c:) disk and the slave a data disk. My plan was to create a new virtual disk; clone the system disk to it and discard the original disk.
Create a new disk
I opened the settings for the virtual and created a new disk. I attached it to a SATA controller since the IDE controller was full. I made the disk dynamic with a max size of 40GB.
Clone the disk
With the new disk attached, I then booted the virtual withe the Clonezilla
disk mounted to the virtual from the host optical drive. Clonezilla
booted and I followed the instructions to clone from disk to disk. The source disk in my case was sda and the destination sdc. Clonezilla
made quick work of the clone and I powered off the system once it had completed.
Reset the drive attachments
Since I already had a master IDE disk attached to the virtual, I couldn't boot the to the new disk. I opened the drive settings again and did a couple things.
-- Dropped the original system disk
-- Detached the data disk and reattached it to SATA along with the new system disk.
Boot and resize the new disk
I then booted the vm on the new system disk which handled without issue. I saw the system partition was still 20GB and this was expected behavior since Clonezilla
cloned the partition table and the partition data. I opened Windows Disk Manager
and saw that Windows saw the 20GB system partition and 20GB of unallocated space on the disk. I selected the system partition, right-clicked and selected Extend Volume
. The wizard that came up stepped me through the process of extending the volume to the remaining unallocated space.
While Windows didn't ask for it, I restarted the virtual to ensure everything was healthy.