Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 22

Thread: how to reduce the size of hdd file in MAc OS to the actual size of Windows C drive

  1. #1
    Kilo Poster
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    12

    Default how to reduce the size of hdd file in MAc OS to the actual size of Windows C drive

    my C drive is about 6-7GB. Mac Os usage of the VM however is 14GB! :(
    how do I salvage the space back? couldn't find any solution in the forums...



  2. #2
    Parallels Team John@Parallels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    6,793

    Default

    Please make sure the following:
    1. There is no snapshots
    2. You can use Parallels Image tools from /Applications/Parallels to compact image, after running Parallels Compressor



  3. #3
    Kilo Poster
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    12

    Default

    compressor would compress the files. isn't it? i do not want to compress the files. i assume that the speed of windows will fall given the need to compress and uncompress.

    can i just reduce the M to 8-10GB if the actual data on C drive is 6GB? without compression of files.

    btw, i did go into image tools without compressor run, and i could not find any compacting option?

    pl help. thanks.



  4. #4
    Parallels Team John@Parallels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    6,793

    Default

    Do not run compressor in this case, perform defragmentation on Windows (there should be at least 15% free of disk space) and use Parallels Image Tools to compact



  5. #5
    Kilo Poster
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    12

    Default

    i defragmented. then ran image tool.
    and guess what the opposite happened!
    the hard disk size changed to 15GB whereas the Windows XP content is ~7GB.
    frustrating.
    any solution?


    Click for full size - Uploaded with plasq's Skitch


    Click for full size - Uploaded with plasq's Skitch



  6. #6
    Kilo Poster
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    12

    Default

    it has only become worse. please help here!

    8.1GB in Windows VM. 16.5GB in Mac.
    Colossal wastage of precious laptop hard disk!


    Click for full size - Uploaded with plasq's Skitch


    Click for full size - Uploaded with plasq's Skitch



  7. #7
    Parallels Team Flagg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    264

    Default

    Hello,

    can you post the .pvs file of your virtual machine?



  8. #8
    Kilo Poster
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    12

    Default

    can i send it you through private message? plus you wil have to tell me where to find it...



  9. #9
    Parallels Team John@Parallels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    6,793

    Default

    It is pvs file, inside pvm bundle
    right click on pvm show package contents



  10. #10
    Kilo Poster
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    12

    Default

    i found the file. does it have any identifable information? i am not comfortable posting it in the forum. can i send it to you somehow?



  11. #11
    Parallels Team John@Parallels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    6,793

    Default

    Iti si virtual machine configuration, there is no data, which may reveal any personal information, of course you can send me in PM



  12. #12
    Parallels Team John@Parallels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    6,793

    Default

    File seems to be correct
    Please right click on pvm, show package contents
    What can you see inside

    Also you will see there hdd file, Please right click on it, show package contents
    What is there



  13. #13
    Kilo Poster
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    12

    Default

    here you go


    Click for full size - Uploaded with plasq's Skitch


    Click for full size - Uploaded with plasq's Skitch



  14. #14
    Parallels Team John@Parallels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    6,793

    Default

    Hm, it is very strange
    Please try to disable system restore in Windows, and also please paste Disk Management screenshot from Windows side here



  15. #15
    Kilo Poster
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    12

    Default

    here are a couple of images. i reduced system restore space from 3.8GB to 1.5GB. I also deleted bunch of old files. pl helpm e get PArallels hdd size to C drive usage +3-4GB!!

    thanks.


    Click for full size - Uploaded with plasq's Skitch


    Click for full size - Uploaded with plasq's Skitch


    Click for full size - Uploaded with plasq's Skitch


    Click for full size - Uploaded with plasq's Skitch



  16. #16
    Parallels Team John@Parallels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    6,793

    Default

    Please Disk Management screenshot
    and also I need to see is NTFS compression checked on C: properties



  17. #17
    Product Expert Specimen's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Over your shoulder
    Posts
    2,615

    Default

    Parallels Compressor doesn't compress the virtual harddrive like zipping a file does, it just eliminates freespace and slackspace, a Virtual Harddisk will run at the same speed or faster after it was compressed (there's no decompression when it's running, this is not compression like .zip or .gz).



  18. #18
    Kilo Poster
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    12

    Default

    can you tell me what you mean by disk management? also pl tell me how to get the NTFS property screenshot. i have not enabled anything by my actions.

    @Specimen: can you tell me how to run compressor, if compressor does not zip the entire drive? may be that will help.

    thanks!



  19. #19
    Parallels Team John@Parallels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    6,793

    Default

    Specimen, yes, but decompression takes time, and opening closing files involves this process
    about disk management
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../bb457110.aspx



  20. #20
    Product Expert Specimen's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Over your shoulder
    Posts
    2,615

    Default

    I'm talking about Parallels Compressor here, the thing run from the top menu Virtual Machine>Run Parallels Compressor. Maybe I misread what you guys meant by compression.
    Last edited by Specimen; Dec 15, 2008 at 07:35 AM.



Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •