There are some cases however, when a dynamically expanding disk may not be the best choice. With the size of your VHD (virtual hard disk) file constantly changing it can cause the host operating system to become increasingly fragmented. This level of fragmentation can severely degrade the performance of both the host and guest operating systems. This being said, you should carefully analyze your system resources before deciding between a fixed size or dynamically expanding hard disk.
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