Losing disk space in VMware Workstation and don’t know why?

If you use VMware Workstation and you wonder where you are losing disk space, of course you look into the standard folders such as %windir%\temp and %userprofile%\appdata\local\temp and of course trimming WinSXS in Windows 7 [and Server 2008 R2] and later.

But logically you may ignore the VMware-%username% folder because it may contain some useful [but still temporary] files. Probably true, but when you copy and paste something from the host system to your virtual machine, it copies the files from your host computer to a temporary folder and then to where you are pasting it to. But for whatever reason, the temporary location is permanent.

So if you go into %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Temp\vmware-%username%\VMwareDnD, you will have a copy of everything you copied from the host.

Note: The AppData folder is hidden. Don’t ask me why.

For example if you logged in with John, the above would translate as c:\users\John\AppData\Local\Temp\vmware-John\VMwareDnD [assuming using Windows Vista and later].

Note: %windir% is the replacement variable for the location to Windows including the drive. %userprofile% is the replacement variable for the Users [or Documents and Settings] folder with your login name and the drive letter. %username% is the replacement variable for your login name.


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