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    Change virtual disk type without a re-install ?

    I may post this in another appropriate forum also. I hope that's okay? I have installed two instances of Ubuntu on VBox using a dynamic VDD setting. Now, I find out through research and advice here, that I may get better performance by allocating a fixed amount of disk space, say 12gigs to each VDisk. Is there a way to change this setting without mirroring the drive, which I don't really follow, or deleting and re-installing the whole VM?

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    Last edited by Elfy; January 20th, 2014 at 08:18 AM.

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    Re: Change Disk Behavior without a re-install ?

    Please don't post duplicate threads as it divides the efforts of those attempting to aid you. Your thread can be moved if needed.
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    Re: Change virtual disk type without a re-install ?

    Thread moved to Virtualisation.

    edited thread title to be more specific

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    Re: Change virtual disk type without a re-install ?

    Got it, understood. Thank you.

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    Re: Change virtual disk type without a re-install ?

    I have not tried that, but I have ran both dynamic and fixed and really have not noticed a performance difference. This could be because I do not run any taxing loads in a VM. I do usually take the time to do fixed disk, I think it speeds up initial install time, but on my old machines its a slow process either way.

    Googling around, it looks that cloning is the way to go.

    http://brainwreckedtech.wordpress.co...in-virtualbox/

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    Re: Change virtual disk type without a re-install ?

    Thanks. I tried to google, but probably didn't enter the right search terms. I read on another thread that if you have the space, which I do, this is a good way to improve performance. But, I've also read that some people don't see a difference.

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    Re: Change virtual disk type without a re-install ?

    Quote Originally Posted by shearer4 View Post
    Thanks. I tried to google, but probably didn't enter the right search terms.
    You could also try a different search engine.

    http://www.googlubuntu.com/

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    Re: Change virtual disk type without a re-install ?

    Thanks again. I meant that I had tried google before posting my original question. The link you provided took me to the right page for this. I'm a little reluctant to take this on that is; cloning and changing sizes and so forth. I'm going to have to get used to a little bit of sluggish behavior. My MacPro, even though older, is so fast to react, I'm spoiled by that.

    Thanks again for your advice and links.

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    Re: Change virtual disk type without a re-install ?

    One last thought

    You could try running a different desktop, may speed it up.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-panel
    Reboot and at login, click on the icon in the login window to change desktops.

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    Re: Change virtual disk type without a re-install ?

    I ran this in terminal, installed gnome panel, no problem. When I restarted, I got no login window. I checked, I have auto-login OFF. I shut down and restarted and will see what I get. It seems like it wants to open to the default desktop? So, when I started back up again, it locked and will not completely boot. Just get a blinking cursor. Not a problem. I will figure out to fix it. Not sure what I did?

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