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Optimising your windows virtual machine (Oracle Virtualbox)

My windows virtual machines vdi disk images were hitting over 35GB a piece, the following notes are a reminder of the steps required to shrink the VDI’s when they get oversized.

Clean up your VM

First – get rid of anything surplus to requirements, recycle bin, disk cleanup, the usual suspects.

Run defrag.

Download the Microsoft tool – sdelete and stick it in System32 – then open CMD and for each drive you are using run – (note the official documentation is wrong!)

sdelete -z

Now if like me you have set a high upper limit to your drive size prepare for a long wait… and make sure that your machine has enough space available to accommodate the full-sized HDD image as this command will expand the image whilst it’s being zeroed out.

And shrink

From the host environment you can then run –

VBoxManage modifyhd Disk.vdi --compact

Refs – official, at the time or writing the instructions are not correct… Oracle page

Oracles bug tracker regarding issues resizing Oracle tracker

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