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I have hdd.img file, which I user as HDD for my virtual machine, but it's size is too small, how can I enlarge it?

There is one method, something like:

dd if=/dev/zero ds=10GB count=8 >> hdd.img

but it takes a lot of time :(

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  • The command you wrote will completely overwrite the original content. Is that what you want? – eppesuig Jan 11 '13 at 11:14
  • Sorry, fixed :) – atomAltera Jan 11 '13 at 11:31
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Something like that:

dd if=/dev/zero bs=1 seek=new_filesize count=0 of=your_file

For example this:

dd if=/dev/zero bs=1G seek=1000 count=0 of=test

will enlarge file test to 1000G

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  • Try it on a test file. It works! All space after old file's content will be filled with "virtual" zeros (sparse file). – Eddy_Em Jan 11 '13 at 11:51
  • Why doesn't it overwrite the original contents? – Ivan Perez Dec 18 '20 at 15:28
  • @IvanPerez, because it creates a sparse file: dd actually writes nothing to original file, just setting seek position to given point. – Eddy_Em Dec 21 '20 at 12:42

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