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How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby zdavatz » 20. Jun 2009, 18:15

What is the easiest way to grow your partition in VirtualBox 3.0.

My 10GB XP are full.

Thank your for your Feedback.

Best
Zeno

PS: The speed of VirtualBox 3.0 is amazing.
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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby stefan.becker » 20. Jun 2009, 18:19

Create a bigger HD, install it as second hd for the guest.

Then start Guest with a gparted magic live cd and copy the content form disc 1 to disc 2.
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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby zdavatz » 20. Jun 2009, 18:21

Where do I get "gparted" from? Is that on the Windows CD?
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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby zdavatz » 20. Jun 2009, 18:32

Oggay!
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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby zdavatz » 20. Jun 2009, 18:36

Have you tried it from USB as well?

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/liveusb.php
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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby Perryg » 20. Jun 2009, 19:29

You are better off sticking with the CD. USB inside of the guest may cause a real problem with the recovery process. IMHO

Moving this to Windows guest since it fits that category better.
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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby zdavatz » 22. Jun 2009, 08:29

Ok, thanks for the help! I will try the CD then. Would love to try the USB as well though.
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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby zdavatz » 22. Jun 2009, 10:17

stefan.becker wrote:Create a bigger HD, install it as second hd for the guest.

Then start Guest with a gparted magic live cd and copy the content form disc 1 to disc 2.


1. Ok, I tried as advised and I copied the partition after booting from gparted with the second hd for the guest. But now it will not boot. When I boot from the new partition I get a black screen and a

" - "

on the top of the screen, left corner.

2. Ok, I forgot to set the boot flag. Now it is set. I get a step further (the Windows Start-Up Screen flashes) and then I get a blue screen (very quick) and I am asked to start Windows in Safe-Mode but that won't start. This cycle just keeps going on endlessly.

3. Ok I tried this but it won't help: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows- ... partition/

Any Feedback? Thank you!
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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby vbox4me2 » 22. Jun 2009, 13:32

Try clonezilla, gparted is best used for resizing after using clonezilla.
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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby zdavatz » 22. Jun 2009, 13:37

vbox4me2 wrote:Try clonezilla, gparted is best used for resizing after using clonezilla.


Thanks for the hint. But I did _not_ resize, I set up a completely new partition and copied with gparted from /dev/hda /dev/hdb1 - where would clonezilla help me there?
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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby vbox4me2 » 22. Jun 2009, 13:44

I've used CZ extensively and it copies everything, I'm not that fond of gparted cloning.
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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby zdavatz » 22. Jun 2009, 13:48

vbox4me2 wrote:I've used CZ extensively and it copies everything, I'm not that fond of gparted cloning.


Ok, got it. Just downloading clonezilla-live-1.2.2-20.iso

Will let you know about the outcome.

Ok, I am doing this now: See attachment.
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I choose local to local clone. Hope I am right!

Result:

I get the exact same result with clonezilla. Any idea how I could get a screenshot of that Blue-Screen that shows the error and flashes for about 1 second? I believe I get the same error as when I cloned with gparted.

BTW: I am using VirtualBox 3.0.0-Beta

Ok this is the BlueScreen I am getting when I use Clonezilla or Gparted to clone my 10GB partition to my 20 GB partition and then boot from the new 20 GB partition:
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Ok, now I am trying the Expert Mode in Clonzilla:
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and these options:
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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby zdavatz » 22. Jun 2009, 15:24

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Re: How to grow your partition with Virtual Box 3.0

Postby zdavatz » 22. Jun 2009, 16:33

Ok, I fixed above issue, by booting from my XP CD and then choosing install new (not repair) and then choosing Repair. That fixed it for me.

It seems I did not have to do a full reinstall.

Thank you for all your help.

Best
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