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Old 01-03-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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I can't find the spot now where I was beginning to discuss this, so I'll just ask here. But it was about making an image of the hard disk to run in a virtual PC. And I guess it would be good to know if such an image could be used to restore the computer if the hard disk is replaces.

Any special kind of image? Any tips about how to store and use.

BTW, I own a copy of Acronis something or other, but I grew to dislike it very quickly, and it is no longer installed. So a different and simply solution would be nice.

   
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Current versions of VMWare are supposed to be able to generate virtual machines from physical disks; I've never tried it myself. Going the other way, virtual to physical? Google seems to think that other people seem to think that it's possible. Googling this kicked up some likely looking results:

vmware virtual machine to physical

FWIW, I had a copy of Acronis' software too and also disliked it right away, though other folks I trust swear by it, go figure.

   
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Thanks. You clarified what I should be looking for. I found a few links explaining this. Here's one: http://www.addictivetips.com/windows...ox-virtual-pc/

   
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VMWare has a specific Physical to Virtual utilty. Win 7 will make a VHD file as part of its backup system. Paragon has a free imaging utility, but I don't think its format works with any of the VM systems.

Just search for P2V utilities for your chosen VM.
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I may've misunderstood what you were after, Andrew. First time through, I read this as:

Can I convert a physical PC into a virtual one? (Yes)
Then can I use the virtual PC to restore back to a physical one? (Don't know about that one)

But just to make sure I wasn't misleading you, once you have a virtual machine, it's just a set of files. Move the files to another PC, install the same virtualization software there , use it to open the files representing your virtual PC and you're golden.

So whether or not you can restore a VM to a physical machine, I don't know, but you can most certainly move a VM from one physical PC to another *as* a virtual machine. I do this fairly often.

   
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Not to worry. You didn't mislead me. In fact, I'm all set up with software to convert my physical machine. But when it told me I didn't have enough room I canceled out. I guess I could look into whether I can refine the conversion, whether it was assuming all my documents were part of it, etc. But at this point I've abandoned the idea. I might, however, try it on a new computer if I get one, with the idea being that it will have a smaller conversion.

BTW, where is a good place to buy Windows 7. I've been looking online and some prices are so low I worry that it's counterfeit.

   
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I've used buycheapsoftware in the past as completely reliable but Windows 7 prices are creeping up.

   
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I'd give Hugh's suggestion a try. My Windows copies have all come with the PC pre-installed or through MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network, a kind of subscription service for developers).

   
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Might as well add this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2vSRXZBlFU

   
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