How to create and add a new virtual hard-disk to a Virtual Machine – VMware Workstation

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

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.

Amazon acquires a new Disaster Recovery Solution from CloudEndure.

Amazon has recently purchased anew disaster recovery solution and this service is now available in the Amazon Marketplace.

It was gathered that AWS purchased CloudEndure for an approximate sum of $250 million.

CloudEndure focuses on uptime and capable of making application replication across different cloud providers or data centres in case of a disaster (outage) at the primary Data Center or Cloud Provider.

This is currently supported already on some cloud solution. With can move their IT infrastructure into different cloud providers through its Migration tools.

Sources:
https://www.geekwire.com/2019/reports-amazon-adds-disaster-recovery-tech-aws-purchase-cloudendure/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-cloudendure-confirms-acquisition-by-amazon-cloud-services-unit/

Creating and adding a new virtual disk to a Windows virtual machine in VMware

This article provides steps to create and add an extra virtual disk (hard drive) to a Windows virtual machine.

  •  You may want to add a new virtual hard drive if you are running out of space on the first disk.
  • You want to use the other 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

Steps below

To create and add a new, empty virtual hard drive to a Windows virtual machine:
 - Shut down the virtual machine.
 - Go to Virtual Machine > Settings.
 - Click Add Device > 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.
 - Power on the virtual machine.
 - Initialize and format the new drive.

To initialize and format the new drive

In the Start menu, type diskmgmt.msc and 
- click OK.
- Right-click the disk to be initialized and then 
- click Initialize Disk. Windows prompts you to initialize the disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it.
- Select MBR (Master Boot Record) and click OK.
- Right-click the unallocated space and click 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. Windows prompts you to format the drive.
- Click Format.

The second virtual disk is usable when the status is Healthy.