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Easily Expand The Hard Disk Of Your Virtual Machine (VirtualBox)

If you have not heard of a Virtual Machine or VirtualBox before now, i strongly suggest you go to this link and this link too to read more about it before you proceed with this article.

One of the major problems users of Virtual Machines face is how to expand the hard disk of their machines when it gets filled up. For this write up, we will be referencing VirtualBox

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Please note that the hard disk must have been created dynamically.

  1. Shut down your Virtual Machine.
  2. Locate the installation folder for Virtualbox on your system, usually C:\Program Files\Oracle
  3. Hold down the SHIFT button and right-click on the Virtualbox folder, select “Open Command Window Here”
  4. Copy the following line of code into the command line window;

    VBoxManage modifyhd “Windows 7.vdi” —resize 50000

  5. replace Windows 7 with the name of your virtual Machine and 50000 with the desired size (in MB) that you want your VM size to be.
  6. The above command assumes your VM is in the following folder; C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\. If you are like me and you store your VMs in a different location, you need to specify the exact location like so;

    VBoxManage modifyhd “C:\Users\Wale\Documents\VMs\Windows 7\Windows 7.vdi” —resize 50000

  7. You will see the following on your screen;


  8. The additional space is not yet visible. So far, what you have done is to add an adjoining unallocated hard disk space to your VM hard disk space. To have access to the additional hard disk space;
  9. Boot up your VM, go to your control panel – Administrative tools – Computer Management
  10. In the left pane, under Storage, click Disk Management
  11. Right Click on your drive, Select “Extend Volume”. Wait for a few seconds, then you are done.
  12. Your VM hard disk is now 50,000 MB (50GB)


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Android On Your PC !

Even with the flurry of activities in the tablet form factor sector, it is hardly surprising that Nigeria seems to have been sidelined.Not for lack of interest but largely due to the prohibitive price tags placed on these devices. The ipad2 and the motorola Xoom, two flagship tablets, have their price tag as high as $800 (N128,000), excluding shipping and handling. This is definitely out of the reach of most Nigerians. Apart from a few of these devices on display in elite shopping centers like The Palms in Lekki, Lagos, the closest most have come to handling these devices is from web or magazine pictures. True!

All hope is not lost yet. In this era of convergence, wouldnt it be a great idea if you can have a feel of the latest iteration of the android platform, Honeycomb, right from your computer desktop. Except for reduced portability, you get to experience most of what owners of the Motorola Xoom are experiencing.

The topic of virtualization was very popular on this site a few months back. We are going to make use of this concept in placing the Android 3.0 right on your Windows, Mac or Linux desktop. However, at this point i must stress the need for a very decent laptop to pull this through as your android platform would be sharing the same resources as your PC. Owners of less powerful laptops, especially those using low powered processors and limited RAM , like netbooks,would have a “draggy” experience.

Secondly, a decent internet download speed is required. Users of GSM internet access would most likely have issues. Preference is for IPNX internet access although starcomms EVDO access would do just fine.

Let’s get started. We would follow the steps listed below;

Download the Android SDK via this link. This is a 32MB download. The android SDK is normally used in developing applications by developers.

– Install the application and launch it. Make sure your internet access is still in place.

– Most likely, the installed application would begin to update itself with the APIs or loosely speaking, the operating system of all the Android iterations, starting from Android 1.5 to 3.0!. Meaning that you have a choice of what Android iteration to run on your PC.But if the update is not started automatically, click on “Installed Packages” on the left pane, then “update all” on the bottom of the screen. This is where you will need a good internet speed. I do not know exactly the size of what is being downloaded but mine took over 2 hours. The download was interrupted midway and i had to uninstall the Android SDK and restarted all over as further attempts to continue with the downloads kept failing.

– Click on Virtual Devices on the left menu. Click on “New” to create an Android Virtual Device, AVD. Select your preferred Android version and you may allocate a file size of 10000 MB.

– Click “Create AVD”

– Highlight the AVD you have just created, then click “Start” on the right pane.

There you are! How fast your Android setup is would be dependent on your hardware.