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Windows 7: VirtualBox virtual drive not staying at desired fixed size.

19 Feb 2013   #11

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
Try this first -- I only have VMware player it's free so use VMware player - otherwise use equivalent comm ands in VBOX.

start your VM software - VBOX or vmplayer

1) use VM Wizard to create Virtual Machine
2) Allocate storage space
3) Choose I will install OS later.

4) now you need to "Initialize" the Virtual disk -- download something like GPARTED - create ISO and attach this to the new VM you've just created. If you don't do this you'll find the Disk will just be "RAW" without a partitiuon on it.

5) Boot GPARTED in the Virtual machine
6) Create your Disk -- ensure there's a primary partition on it -- doesn't matter if it's Linux or NTFS or even FAT32.
7) Now re-boot the vm with the Linux distro
8) you should be able to install it.


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19 Feb 2013   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

VMware player made it work right out of the box.
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18 Mar 2014   #13

Fix the 4MB thing

Took me a bit but I figured out what fixes the 4MB virtual disk image thing that I was having. This sounds like what the OP was having.

I was typing the size that I wanted instead of using the slider. When typing the size of the .vdi file you are creating, you have to make sure you put the decimal and GB in the box. The slider to the left will adjust to match when done correctly.

If you just enter the number of the size you want and hit next, it results in a very low sized disk file.

Hope this helps.
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