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Windows 7: Convert Physical Machine to VM to run on 2nd PC?

23 Jan 2010   #1
Droid

Windows 7 Ulimate Edition 32 Bit
 
 
Convert Physical Machine to VM to run on 2nd PC?

Is there a way to create a virtual machine in *.vdi format (Sun Virtual Box) from a physical machine, either from within the physical machine or by removing and accessing the HD from another system?

I do PC repair and often help people migrate their data to new computers. On occasion there is someone upgrading from an older machine with XP(32) to a Win7(64) and there are several programs that they will no longer be able to use. Rather than find solutions or workarounds for each incompatible program, it would be great to save their old system as a VM to be run on the new system. I ask for *.vdi format because I am fairly familiar with Virtual Box but have not used any other VM clients. If you know of a simple alternative that is capable of this type of migration then I am open to suggestions.


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23 Jan 2010   #2
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

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23 Jan 2010   #3
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

MyOldPCs does exactly that, converting physical computers to bootable .vdi, .vhd, .vmdk files, fully compatible with VirtualBox. Supports Windows 2000 and above.
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23 Jan 2010   #4
Droid

Windows 7 Ulimate Edition 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huisinro View Post
MyOldPCs does exactly that, converting physical computers to bootable .vdi, .vhd, .vmdk files, fully compatible with VirtualBox. Supports Windows 2000 and above.
Is this a free-full version program? The download page doesn't say anything about having to pay for it but it does say there is a trial version available.
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23 Jan 2010   #5
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Windows 7 Ulimate Edition 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
I came across that the other day. I tried it and got an error when trying to create the image. Can't remember what the error was but I'll give it another shot and update the post with more info.
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23 Jan 2010   #6
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

MyOldPCs is still in beta testing phase, so not public yet. A few hundred people are testing it now.
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23 Jan 2010   #7
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

About disk2vhd, for xp, the generated image won't boot in a vm, more thab 90%, if not 100%. It basically generates a mirror image of your disk, but virtual machine requires different hardware config. In other words, the virtual disk file has to be modified, especially for XP.

And it does not support windows 2k, or non NTFS systems.
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23 Jan 2010   #8
madtownidiot

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huisinro View Post
About disk2vhd, for xp, the generated image won't boot in a vm, more thab 90%, if not 100%. It basically generates a mirror image of your disk, but virtual machine requires different hardware config. In other words, the virtual disk file has to be modified, especially for XP.

And it does not support windows 2k, or non NTFS systems.
Thanks for the warning. I almost tried it for one of my win 2k boxes
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23 Jan 2010   #9
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

no problem. The reason is w2k does not have the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy driver. Pretty much all disk imaging software relies on that driver, which is available on XP and above. The Volume Shadow Copy driver provides a snapshot view of the disk.

This snapshot driver is very difficult to develop, it takes us years to implement it, and we have our own snapshot driver, so we can support win2k and other systems.
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