Hey, sometimes it just happens and when it does it is normally simple, fun, small, cool and working. I’m talking about when Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell releases new a piece of software. This time they have done a P2V tool called “Disk2vhd v1.0” that is 673kb in a zip archive.
So I have just tested it and as expected, works like a charm :-) and it was so easy, just fire it away and select which disk(s) you want to convert to VHDs and you are done. Copy the file into a Virtual XP or Hyper-V, start it and add VMadditions or Integrated Components. Done, you have virtualized your machine.
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- Client: Windows XP SP2 and higher.
- Server: Windows Server 2003 and higher.
Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted).