How much space do I need to install Whonix KVM?

I am following the guide on http://www.dds6qkxpwdeubwucdiaord2xgbbeyds25rbsgr73tbfpqpt4a6vjwsyd.onion/wiki/KVM#Decompress . I am doing the tar thing

~$ tar -xvf Whonix*.libvirt.xz
tar: Whonix-Gateway-Xfce- Cannot write: No space left on device

How much space do I need? I am reading http://forums.dds6qkxpwdeubwucdiaord2xgbbeyds25rbsgr73tbfpqpt4a6vjwsyd.onion/t/what-should-be-the-size-of-var-for-whonix-on-kvm/18022 , and it says both qcow images are 101G each, even though they are actually smaller according to http://www.w5j6stm77zs6652pgsij4awcjeel3eco7kvipheu6mtr623eyyehj4yd.onion/wiki/Sparse_files ?

Well, it does not really matter if they are really 1G in size if my computer thinks they are 100G in size and will not write data anymore. I do not have 200G of space to spare on my system.

Exactly how much space on my system do I need in order to install Whonix KVM? How much space do I need to install the virtualbox version instead? I would prefer to not use anything from the evil spyware Oracle company if I can avoid it (see http://forums.dds6qkxpwdeubwucdiaord2xgbbeyds25rbsgr73tbfpqpt4a6vjwsyd.onion/t/virtualbox-vs-kvm-and-oracle-tracking/19601/). Would it be better to run whonix on an external hard drive?

Thank you for your help. File system is ext4 by the way.

The 100 GB is “fake” and is made that way so it expands with more software you install you will be fine as long as you don’t utilize all of it

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