SysInternals Disk2vhd 1.5

Developer
Sysinternals
Size
686 KB
Operating System
Windows All
License
Freeware
Category
Hard Disk Utilities

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Sysinternals Disk2vhd

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).

It will create one VHD for each disk on which selected volumes reside. It preserves the partitioning information of the disk, but only copies the data contents for volumes on the disk that are selected. This enables you to capture just system volumes and exclude data volumes.

To use VHDs produced by Disk2vhd, create a VM with the desired characteristics and add the VHDs to the VM’s configuration as IDE disks. On first boot, a VM booting a captured copy of Windows will detect the VM’s hardware and automatically install drivers, if present in the image. If the required drivers are not present, install them via the Virtual PC or Hyper-V integration components. You can also attach to VHDs using the Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Disk Management or Diskpart utilities.

What’s New in version 1.4:

  • Now includes an option for Windows XP and Windows Server
    2003 that directs it to fix up the kernel and HAL to make the VHDs
    generated for these systems bootable in Virtual PC. It also skips
    sectors with CRC errors to enable the conversion of systems with
    failing disks.

 

 

 

What's New

  • Now includes an option for Windows XP and Windows Server
    2003 that directs it to fix up the kernel and HAL to make the VHDs
    generated for these systems bootable in Virtual PC. It also skips
    sectors with CRC errors to enable the conversion of systems with
    failing disks.

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