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    I am using windows xp as host.
    vmplayer 2.5.3 to run guest of ubuntu 8.10 with 20GB disk.
    currently the disk usage is around 19GB. (vmdk file)
    I want to expand the disk size. before I do it I want to backup the current disk.

    1. just copying the vmdk file fails. is it possible to simply copy the file for backup ?
    2. vmplayer do not have managment tools (probably because its free) can someone suggest other free utilities that can do the job?
    3. finally after I do the backup how can I expand the disk size ?
    4. is there a way to backup from with in the guest virtual machine and later build a new machine from this backup?

    thank you,