You can shrink and defragment certain virtual hard disks to free up space on your Mac.

When you delete files from your virtual machine, Fusion does not return the space to your Mac. Shrinking the virtual machine by cleaning up the hard disk returns that freed space to your Mac.

Shut down or power off the virtual machine. You cannot change the setting while the virtual machine is powered on or suspended.


From the VMware Fusion menu bar, select Window > Virtual Machine Library.


Right-click the image of the virtual machine and click Settings.


Under System Settings, select General.


Click Clean Up Virtual Machine.

VMware Fusion displays a progress dialog as it cleans up the virtual disk. This process can take up to two minutes.