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If you have older VMware Workstation disk images (vmdk files) that are split into multiple parts, you can consolidate them into a single disk image from the command prompt:

vmware-vdiskmanager -r MyVirtualMachineDisk.vmdk -t 0 SingleDiskFile.vmdk

The "-t 0" means "single growable virtual disk".  If you prefer to preallocate all the storage for the disk, use "-t 2" instead, which means "preallocated virtual disk."  You can view more options by running the vmware-vdiskmanager command with no parameters.  It will show you what options are available.

Note that if you are running this against a VMDK with multiple snapshots, you want to specify the latest disk image as the source in the command above.

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Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2010 3:14 PM VMware | Back to top

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Many thanks, very useful
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