If you’re using VMWare Fusion for OSX, and you’ve got few images of older OSX releases, odds are you might have over-alloc’ed the disk space… you can never know how much it’s really gonna be required!
Steps to fix this are:
- Launch the OSX image that requires shrinking
- Open Disk Utility App
- Pick the Disk, click over the Partition tab, and reduce the partition’s size, as much as possible
- Shutdown the Virtual Machine
Once ready, you’ll need to locate the VMDK file of your image: it can be found inside the Image.vmwarevm bundle.
We’ll need to perform two final steps. Let’s fire Terminal, and head over to this location:
Once there, you may run the following commands, which will defragment the image, and free the empty space:
./vmware-vdiskmanager -d [PATH TO VMDK]
./vmware-vdiskmanager -k [PATH TO VMDK]
Hope you find it useful!
Alternative method involves installing VMWare Tools in the host machine, and running the following command:
sudo /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Tools/vmware-tools-cli disk shrink /