vSphere PowerCLI Reference



Moves a hard disk from one location to another.


Move-HardDisk [-HardDisk] <HardDisk[]> [-Datastore] <Datastore> [-StorageFormat <VirtualDiskStorageFormat>] [-Server <VIServer[]>] [-RunAsync] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParameters>]

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Detailed Description

Moves a hard disk from one location to another.


NameTypeDescriptionRequired?Pipeline InputDefault Value
HardDiskHardDisk[]Specify the hard disk that you want to move to another location.truetrue (ByValue)
DatastoreDatastoreSpecify a datastore where you want to place the hard disk.truefalse
ConfirmSwitchParameterIf the value is $true, indicates that the cmdlet asks for confirmation before running. If the value is $false, the cmdlet runs without asking for user confirmation.falsefalse
RunAsyncSwitchParameterIndicate that the command returns immediately without waiting for the task to complete. In this mode, the output of the cmdlet is a Task object. For more information about the RunAsync parameter run "help About_RunAsync" in the vSphere PowerCLI console.falsefalse
ServerVIServer[]Specify the vCenter Server systems on which you want to run the cmdlet. If no value is given to this parameter, the command runs on the default servers. For more information about default servers, see the description of Connect-VIServer.falsefalse
StorageFormatVirtualDiskStorageFormatSpecify the storage format of the relocated hard disk. This parameter accepts Thin, Thick, and EagerZeroedThick values.falsefalse
WhatIfSwitchParameterIndicate that the cmdlet is run only to display the changes that would be made and actually no objects are modified.falsefalse

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-------------- Example 1 --------------

$myDatastore1 = Get-Datastore -Name 'MyDatastore1'
$myDisk = Get-VM -Name MyVm1 | Get-HardDisk
Move-HardDisk -HardDisk $myDisk -Datastore $myDatastore1

Moves the hard disk of a specified virtual machine to another datastore.

-------------- Example 2 --------------

$myDisk = Get-VM -Name 'MyVM1' | Get-HardDisk
$myDatastore1 = Get-Datastore -Name 'MyDatastore1'
Move-hardDisk - HardDisk $myDisk -Datastore $myDatastore1 - StorageFormat 'EagerZeroedThick'

Moves the hard disk of a specified virtual machine to another datastore and changes the storage format of the hard disk to EagerZeroedThick.

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