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Archive for May 10th, 2010

Disk2vhd – new tool from SysInternals

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/05/10

Recently, SysInternals introduced Disk2vhd.

This is a tool that generates a VHD (virtual hard disk image) from a physical disk.
Even better: it can do this for a running system that is online!
They use volume snapshots (a.k.a. Volume Shadowcopy Service) to do this on-line.

From their site:

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

via Disk2vhd.

Note: Sysinternals now has a Live Share at where you can download the most recent versions of their tools.


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