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Free P2V tool from SysInternals/Microsoft – Download and play with it today

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on October 8, 2009

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.

*** snapshot from web ***

Runs on:

  • 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).

Download Disk2vhd (673 KB)

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