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Startup errors display after increasing the LEM disk size

Updated March 2, 2018


After you increase the LEM allocated disk size in your virtual machine settings and power on the virtual machine, several error messages display during startup. 

For example: 

Error: Partition /dev/sda5 is being used. You must umount it before you modify it with Parted.

Error: Can't have overlapping partitions.






Your primary disk size has not changed.

Found secondary disk.

Checking for partitions:

The primary disk has already been cloned to the secondary disk.





  • All LEM versions


  • The virtual machine did not shut down completely when you resized the disk. 
  • The datastore did not have sufficient free space. 


Partition /dev/sda5 is being used 

  1. Boot the LEM and wait for the Blue Screen of Life to display.
  2. Click Advanced Configuration > Appliance > Shutdown to power down the LEM.
  3. Ensure that the datastore has sufficient disk space to accommodate your new disk allocation size.
  4. Boot the LEM again and allow the scripts to run.
    If errors display during the startup process, contact SolarWinds Support.


Your primary disk size has not changed

  1. Press a key to power off the appliance.
  2. Right-click on your VM and select Edit Settings.
  3. Locate the two attached virtual hard disks and select the first one.
  4. Press the Inspect button to verify the disk size. Repeat this step for the other VHD.
  5. After you have located the VHD with the smaller disk size (likely the default 250 GB), take note of the .vhd location and click on the Remove button on the bottom.
  6. Save settings and start the LEM. It should boot normally and reflect your increased disk size.


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