Virtual machines can use a large amount of disk space. If you want to regain some of that disk space, just deleting files inside the virtual machine won’t help. You’ll need to reclaim that disk space, shrinking the virtual hard disk and making it use less space on your Mac.
Parallels includes a helpful wizard that will walk you through this. To open it, launch Parallels, select the virtual machine you want to free up space on, and click File > Free Up Disk Space.
If you have multiple virtual machines you want to free up space from, you’ll need to repeat the below process for each virtual machine.
You’ll see the Free Up Disk Space wizard for that virtual machine. The wizard has four options:
If you need to compress the disk even further, try removing unnecessary files from it before using the “Reclaim” option in Parallels.
For example, on a Windows virtual machine, you’ll want to boot it up and use the built-in Disk Cleanup tool to clean system files. You may also want to uninstall programs you don’t use, empty the recycle bin, and follow the usual tips for freeing up space on a Windows PC.
After performing this process, shut down your PC and return to the Free Up Disk Space wizard. You should be able to reclaim a larger amount of disk space.Read More...
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