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I was wondering if I can load my current bootable windows 2000 hard disk into a virtual application like VMware? In another words I want to make a bootable image of my current OS.

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by:KPCarl
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by:younghv
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I would 'slipstream' it first, then create a new install CD.
I've done it using the process at http://smithii.com/?q=node/12 for XP and it worked like a charm.

Below are some links for WIN2K.

Any reason why you don't want to upgrade to XP?
It has been a lot more stable for us than WIN2K.

http://www.vmware.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=50705&tstart=0
http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877_11-6062415.html



Good Luck,
Vic
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Another option: vmware (at least 5.5) can use images created by Drive Image 7 or newer versions of Symantec's ghost.
These .sv2i-files can be opened with vmware as simple as virtual machines.
(Furthermore this is a perfect option to test if your image is complet/not corrupted)
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by:jdff
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Mckinfe that will be the I deal, so how can I tell VMware to open a image?

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by:McKnife
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Well, do you have Drive image 7 or a current version of ghost and did you already prepare such an image? VMWare or even the free VMware-player can open it, just select open and then navigate to the .sv2i or .vmx-file.
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by:jalilthe1
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I also recommand you to use Acronis True Image Serve 8.0/9.0 Its best software for Imaging

It has both Client and Server editions

visit the links below for downloads

http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/download/trueimage/
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http://www.soft32.com/download_26980.html
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Acronis-True-Image.shtml
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/trueimage.html
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by:imacgouf
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Hi,

Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 1)
http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/category/8227.aspx?p=9

Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 2)
http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/category/8227.aspx?p=9

Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 3)
http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/12/10/279667.aspx

Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 4)
http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/12/16/316643.aspx
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by:imacgouf
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Corrected  for above:
Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 2)
http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/11/30/272662.aspx
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by:imacgouf
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Sorry everyone,

Here is all the right links.
Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 1)
http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/11/24/269412.aspx

Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 2)
http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/11/30/272662.aspx

Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 3)
http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/12/10/279667.aspx

Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 4)
http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/12/16/316643.aspx
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by:jdff
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McKnife, I don't have the image yet.

But I'll make it.

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jdff
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