Expand Windows 7 VirtualBox Hard Drive

By | 2012/04/12

Out of space with your Windows 7 VirtualBox instance?

No need to reinstall the vm. Using the free bootable iso clonezilla, you can clone your Windows 7 VirtualBox guest to a larger hard drive. I’ll show you how!


1. Download a copy of the latest stable clonezilla iso:

http://clonezilla.org/downloads.php


2. Add a second larger virtual hard drive to your Windows 7 VirtualBox guest
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Create new disk
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3. Boot the Clonezilla iso with both hard drives connected
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4. At the Clonezilla boot screen, chose Other modes of Clonezilla live > Clonezilla live to RAM
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5. Start Clonezilla
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6. device-device
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7. Beginner
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8. Disk to local disk
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9. Select source disk, hit Enter
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10. Select target disk, hit Enter
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11. Skip checking, hit Enter
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12. Warning that target disk will be overwritten, Y
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13. Another warning, Y
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14. Clone boot loader, Y
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15. Are you sure, Y
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16. The clone process then begins! When finished shutdown Clonezilla.
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17. Back in the VirtualBox settings, remove the smaller original hard disk as well as Clonezilla from the virtual CD drive. Boot with only your new hard drive attached.
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18. Windows will need to immediately reboot for device support, reboot.
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19. Back in Windows, open Computer Management
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20. Right click on the existing smaller NTFS and choose Extend Volume.
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21. Hit Next, Next, and Finish.
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22. Reboot Windows for good measure. Done!

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