Image tool not expanding image

Discussion in 'Parallels Image Tool' started by FikseGTS, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. FikseGTS


    I increased an image from 8GB to 40GB, and while it says it was successful, windows is still only seeing the 8GB. When I look at the image in parallels settings, or try to expand it again, it says it's 40GB.

    thanks for any assistance....
  2. plebe


    I am having this problem also, running build 5150 (for mac). I increased from 50GB to 100GB and Parallels said it was completed successfully. Also, the virtual HD startup screen says the disk has 100GB allocated, but when booting into windows, it still says it only has 13GB and only 300MB left on the drive. IOW, this is the second time I've done this (first from 13GB to 50GB) and it still doesn't work.

    Any ideas? I'm now going to update to the latest build to see if that has any affect.

  3. plebe


    I tried everything I can think of, cloning, using the Parallels Transporter and even downloading VMWare and importing the virtual machine. Even after importing the VM into VMWare the VM HD says it's 100GB, but when booting into windows, it still says 16GB for capacity on C:\ drive.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Is there a way to create a new machine without installing Windows, then "slurping" the contents of the image into the new VM?

    Somebody please help. This has taken me days and days of time and I'm gettting nowhere. Do NOT want to re-install my entire Windows machine again, taking days.

  4. Stacey M

    Stacey M Parallels Team


    please try to use this article.

    Best regards,
  5. plebe


    Thanks Stacey, but as I mentioned previously, I tried that 2 times already.

    I finally got it working, and this is what I had to do (stay with me here all you that have the same issue, as this will work!).

    You must use Acronis Software ( ) to create an image of the drive and use that image to restore to a newly created VM machine.

    1. Start by booting the VM and installing Acronis onto the machine.
    2. Next, create an emergency boot disk from that install.
    3. Now restart the VM and boot from the emergency disk.
    4. Under the options, choose to create an image of your C:\ drive.
    5. Store the image somewhere on your mac.
    6. Now, create a new VM with Parallels. I created a 100GB Fixed (non-expanding) hard drive. In my case I also installed Windows onto the new VM up to service pack 1 since I couldn't get the VM to boot from the disk without a system installed. It seemed to always want to boot into windows (bypassing my "boot from CD" option each time). After windows was installed, I could get it to boot from the CD.
    7. Now add a new, second hard drive to the VM in the parallels VM configure window. Make the new drive large enough to fit the newly created Acronis disk image.
    8. Either use the parallels Transporter to copy the image to the newly created second disk drive on the new VM, or boot the VM into windows and copy the image file from your mac onto your new disk drive.
    9. Reboot the VM and boot from the Acronis Emergency Disk again.
    10. Select to restore an image, and twirl down the new hard drive (likely now D, E or F:\)
    11. Select the image that resides on that drive as the image you wan to restore.
    12. Opt to replace the C:\ drive entirely. Say yes, yes, yes, yes, I know.
    13. Wait until it's done
    14. Reboot and voila! you have your old machine on a newly created 100GB drive.
    15. You can now delete the additional drive with the image on it.

    Good luck!
  6. Stacey M

    Stacey M Parallels Team

    are you sure that you have done everything written in the article?
    Especially, the following:
    1. Start the virtual machine with a Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista guest OS installed.
    2. From the Windows Start menu choose Run.
    3. Type "diskmgmt.msc" and press Return to open Disk Management utility.
    4. Right-click (Ctrl-click) the Unallocated Capacity bar and choose New Partition from the shortcut menu.
    5. Click Next in the dialog box to continue.
    6. In the New Partition wizard select Primary Partition and click Next.
    7. Specify the new partition size and click Next.
    8. From the drop-down list choose a letter to be assigned for the drive, and click Next.
    9. Select Format partition. Make sure that the NTFS file system and the Default allocation size are selected. Specify the volume name and click Next.
    10. Click Finish to start formatting.
    11. The new volume will appear in the Disk Management window and in My Computer folder.

    Best regards,
  7. plebe


    Hi Stacey,

    No, these instructions looked like the ones for expanding your disk in Parallels Application, which I've done many times. These instructions indicate there are two steps to this process, which I was unaware of and now makes sense to me, though I could not find those instructions previously nor similar advice. The manual says nothing about this second procedure in the guest OS that I could find.

    Wow, could have saved me a lot of time. I don't have the original VM to test this out, but I will keep in mind for next time.


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