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The purpose is to create a disk to keep contents shared across the VMs

Following the instructions at

Find your VM installation and run the following
C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation>
vmware-vdiskmanager.exe  -s 10GB -a ide -t 1 -c "D:\Virtual Machines\vmDisk.vmdk"

(s: size, a: interface, t: type (0-3 for increase and size options), c:create)

Creating disk 'D:\Virtual Machines\vmDisk.vmdk'  
Virtual disk creation successful.
How to browse a Vmdk?

Tried to add this newly created disk when the vm server was on by going to settings/add/hard drive/existing virtual.
Got error: failed to add disk ide0:1

I shutdown the vm pc and add disk then try starting the machine.

Then went to disk mgt in windows where I got the "Initialize Disk" prompt
New Volume > Simple > Quick format and voila!!


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