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I powered off the VM and on the VMware side increased the allocated disk space. I did this by Edit Virtual Machine Settings -> Hard Disk -> Utilities and so forth. It then warned me that I should increase the partition size within the guest VM. and i dont know how to make the machine know it and i dont know where my CD is..

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You don't need an actual CD. Just get the .iso image from

  1. Mount the .iso in the virtual machine.
  2. Start the virtual machine and make sure to boot from the CD.
  3. Select "Try Ubuntu".
  4. Open the Unity dash and launch "GParted". It can be used to resize the partition.
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yaay thank you so much =D – Janne Nov 22 '12 at 11:44
Happy to help. Would you consider accepting this answer so make this question "complete"? – Kalle Elmér Nov 23 '12 at 12:08
01) .
02) Use VM Workstation to expand the VMs disk
    Settings > Hard Disk > Utilities > Expand (Disk Capacity)
    Start VM
03) On linux 
    > sudo df -h
    > sudo fdisk -l
04) From the above you should see the Disk size has increased to the value you chose 
    in VM Workstation, but the linux VM does not know how to use it yet.
05) .
06) Download GParted (linux gui disk utility)
    download the iso  (for me gparted-live-0.19.1-4-amd64.iso)
    burn a bootable disk from this iso
07) Make sure your VM connects to the CD/DVD
    you are going to place the bootable dvd back into your drive bay, 
    but you need the VM to connect to it.
    In Workstation  right click on a running VM and you will see removeable devices. 
    Unfortunately, the VM needs to be running before you can see the removeable  
    devices option.
    your-vm > removeable devices > CD/DVD > connect
    now your vm connects to the dvd, but you still have to boot from it.
08) Use VM Workstation to boot to bios
    Select your VM  (NOT running) > Power On > Power On to Bios
    When bios menu comes up go over to Boot option
    Select the CD/DVD drive and hit (+) to move it up, but (+) doesn’t work!!
    Use the (-) on the other options to move them down below CD/DVD
    F10 save/quit
09) Now you are booting from GParted
    I picked defaults, but still had to pick a keyboard, US English
    We are now at the GUI for GParted
    You should see your current drive on the left, followed by Extended>Swap, 
    followed by the expanded-unallocated disk space you added
10) Using GParted Expand the Extended>Swap First
    Select which ever partition is adjacent to the unallocated portion. 
    In my case this was the Extended>Swap Partition. 
    NOTE: Make sure you selected the Extended, NOT the Swap! Swap is inside the
    Hit Move/Resize
    You should see the Extended partition with unallocated space to the right.
    Expand the partition to consume all / most of the unallocated space.
    Apply the change ( you probably can do multiple operations at once, i did not)
    after a bit gparted shows the changed
11) Move the Swap to the far right of Extended Partition
    You can see where this is going...
    Select the swap, move to the right, now unallocated is on the left of it.
    again I applied this
    now select Extended and shrink it 
    now unallocated is between the partition you want to increase and extended
12) Increase your Partition
    Unfortunately, its like one of those puzzles you have to slide all the parts 
    until you get to the one you want.
13) Shutdown GParted
14) Select you VM  > Power> Power On to Bios, move CD/DVD down below HD
15) Now your VM is up and running with more space
16) Eject GParted DVD  and/or Removeable Devices> Disconnect CD/DVD
17) You should be good to go!
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(2) the GUI changed a lot in the latest VMware workstation v11 – user280121 May 30 '15 at 4:40
(2) the GUI changed a lot in the latest VMware workstation v11. (3)only sudo df -h reports the total capacity. (6) It suffices to download only the GParted iso file, and add a CD/DVD device from the iso. No need to burn a physical CD. (7) You can not do (6) when a VM is running. You have to power it off. (8) Like (2), the GUI of the latest version changed a lot, but the (+) and (-) key in BIOS now work just fine. (10) Good note. That's the key. – user280121 May 30 '15 at 4:49

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