Ticket #3410 (closed defect: worksforme)

Opened 13 years ago

Last modified 13 years ago

Hard Drive Space lost after VB uninstall

Reported by: Joelaris Owned by:
Component: virtual disk Version: VirtualBox 2.1.4
Keywords: Lost HD Space Cc:
Guest type: Linux Host type: Windows


After trying Virtual box on Windows Vista to try to run various Linux distributions, I have lost about 25 gigs of HD space on the Windows partition. Apparently when you format the virtual drive to ext3 it sticks and windows can no longer see it, or thinks it is used space. As far as I can tell Virtual box ends up corrupting your Vista partition. I'm very disappointed and suggest that VB is like like tainted peanut butter. I'm sorry I don't have any files to attach as I uninstalled the program from Vista. I'm not going to use it every again, as I can't afford to loose more HD space. To be honest it really didn't work very well anyway as I was unable to successfully install Linux. It's probably a very stupid idea in the first place to even run Linux over Windows as Windows Vista doesn't appear to be a genuine operating system. If you can suggest an approach to get my Vista HD space back I would be appreciative. Perhaps you could write a little utility for Windows that would reclaim the HD space lost after Virtual Box is uninstalled. I don't actually use Windows, and probably should never have done a dual boot. Worse yet, I should never have listened to my friend that suggested running VB on Windows. I notice a google search turns up lots of complaints that people are losing HD capacity after trying VB, be it on Linux or Vista. Of course there a lots of complaints about losing HD space on Vista, because once that happens Microsoft has no included tools that actually work to get it back short of completely reformatting the drive and reinstalling.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 13 years ago by kookyman

Did you delete the virtual disk? Because VirtualBox doesn't do anything to the host file system, aside from write to and read files on it.

IE: No part of your Host disk drive was formatted to ext3. A Virtual Drive file was created, and in that file there was the partition information.

comment:2 Changed 13 years ago by kookyman

Also, Close this, as it doesn't appear to be a valid bug, instead using it instead of the VB Forum.

comment:3 Changed 13 years ago by sandervl73

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to worksforme

Sorry, this sounds like nonsense to me too. You should provide more proof than just this claim.

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