How to create and add a new virtual disk to a VM on VMware Workstation_oldPost

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VMware Workstation Pro is a hosted hypervisor that runs on x64 versions of Windows and Linux operating systems; it enables users to set up virtual machines on a single physical machine and use them simultaneously along with the host machine. Kindly refer to the following VMware Workstation-related errors and Fix. How to clone a server on VirtualBox, the virtual machine ran into a non-fatal problem as described below, we suggest that you take appropriate action to prevent the problem from recurring, how to solve VMware workstation .lck error, the VM appears to be in use, how to create a VM (virtual machine) on VMware, and how to create and add a new virtual hard-disk to a Virtual Machine. Here are the steps to create and add an extra virtual disk (hard drive) to a Windows VM.

Reasons why you may want to add a new virtual hard drive
- You are running out of hard disk space
- You need an additional virtual hard disk as a dedicated virtual drive for backing up files in the virtual machine
-  You want a virtual disk which can be migrated to another virtual machine on a different location to transfer files and folder.

Please here is an updated post: Initialize and format a disk: How to add and remove a new virtual disk from a VM on VMware Workstation.

How to create and add a new virtual disk

  • Steps in Creating a VHD: In order to create and add a new, empty virtual hard drive to a Windows virtual machine
  • – Shut down the virtual machine.
  • – Go to Virtual Machine
  • – Click on Settings.
  • – Click Add Device
  • – Click on New Hard Disk.
  • – Click Next.
  • – Click Create a new virtual disk and
  • – Click Next.

To go to the Disk Capacity screen, specify the space you want and how you want the file to be stored.
– Click Next.
– Select the location to store the virtual disk in the storage folder of the virtual machine.
– Click Finish.

The next step will be to power on the virtual machine.
– Initialize and format the new drive. To initialize and format the new drive in Windows follow these steps. These steps could differ from your Windows Edition
– Click on the Start Menu,
– Type diskmgmt.msc and
– Click on OK.
– Right-click the disk to be initialized and
– Click Initialize Disk.

Here Windows will prompt you to initialize the disk before the Logical Disk Manager can access it.
– Select MBR (Master Boot Record) and click OK.
– Right-click the unallocated space and
– Click on New Simple Volume.
– Click Next.
– Enter the size of the partition (in MB) and click Next.
– Select a drive letter and click Next.
– Select the file system type and volume name.
– Click Next.
– Click Finish.
Next Windows will prompt you to format the drive.
– Click Format.

Henceforth, your drive is now available for usage.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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