Losing disk space in VMware Workstation and don’t know why?
October 15, 2015 Leave a comment
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.