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Expanding the size of the virtual disk in Workstation fails with the error: There is not enough space on the file system for the selected operation (2041556)
- Cannot expand the size of the virtual disk in VMware Workstation
- Attempting to expand the virtual hard disk space by navigating to VM > Settings > Hard Disk fails
- You see the error:
There is not enough space on the file system for the selected operation
- The issue occurs even if there is sufficient free space on the hard drive
This issue occurs if working space required to expand the disk is insufficient. The working space required for the disk expansion is the current size of the virtual disk.
Note: To view the current size of the virtual disk, go to VM > Settings > Hard Disk.
For monolithic disks, if the current size of the virtual disk is 50GB, you require an additional 50GB as working space to expand the disk size.
If you are using a split disk of 2GB, you require much lesser space because you only need to create additional 2GB split disk segments.
Note: This requirement also applies to disk expansion while using vmware-vdisk-manager.
You can also move the virtual machine to an external storage with adequate storage and then perform the disk expansion. The virtual machine can be then moved back to the original location after expanding the virtual disk size. For more information, see Copying a Workstation virtual machine from one location to another (2030609).
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