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Anyone know how to convert .gho to .V2i or .vhd?

Posted on 2008-10-10
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Last Modified: 2013-12-02
I've got old ghost images that I want to ultimately convert to virtual images. Does any know how to convert .gho (Norton Ghost 2003 files) to .v2i (Symantec System recovery files) or to .vhd (Microsoft Virtual PC 2008 files)?
Question by:neilmccabe
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Expert Comment

ID: 22691044
You can try VMware's converter, but I don't think it will work on old .gho files. I just tried it.


Or you could...
Take the ghost image and restore it to a blank virtual hard drive within a Virtual Machine.
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Expert Comment

ID: 22691099
I use DriveSnapShot for all of my hard drive imaging. I having had to use ghost for years.

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by:Paul Solovyovsky
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Expert Comment

ID: 22765631
1. Prepare empty VHD file
I attached pre-prepared empty 130 GB dynamically expanding VHD file in a ZIP file. The file inside a ZIP has a bogus BMP attachment. Just unpack it and rename to VHD.

2. Install vhdmount utility
Download Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 setup and run it. You can select to install the vhdmount utility only. I suggest a reboot after a restart.

3. Use vhdmount utility to mount empty VHD drive as a local drive
Execute: vhdmount /p /f image.vhd

4. Use ghost32.exe to restore GHO image to localy mounted VHD drive
Make sure you restore GHO image to mounted virtual 130 GB empty hard drive.

5. Unmount VHD drive
Execute vhdmount /u image.vhd

Expert Comment

ID: 22765648
Sorry, seems like the EE server wont except my VHD attachment. You can download it here:


Author Comment

ID: 23104436
I thank everyone for their submission but i'm still working on this and other issues so please do not close this ticket yet. Thanks

Author Comment

ID: 23724414
rozmansi, can you repost that zip file you mentioned?

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rozmansi earned 1000 total points
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Actually I thought this topic could make a nice article, so I added some extra text and published it on my website:

The file, you're looking for, can be dowloaded at http://simon.rozman.si/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/empty-130gb.zip

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