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Convert Physical harddisk (that has multiple partition) to vhd

chinhw asked
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I am trying to convert a Windows 2000 Server harddisk to vhd. I am having problem.  The vhd boots up nut hang at the black "Starting Windows..." screen. (See screen attached)

The physical hard disk has 3 partition. "C", "D" and "E" drive.

I tried to access the VHD as a secondary harddisk from another VPC (example XP), the computer Manager shows the harddisk is not formatted.

I tried both WinImage and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 to convert the harddisk.  Both have the same behaviour.
The size of the vhd is about 110GByte.
Your help is appreciated.
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i also faced same problem few days before here i m telling u what i did

i used Acronic true image backup software. i created full system backup of all drives and from Acronic universal boot CD i restored this image in Virtual server and the problem solved. Plz try this may it work for u also.

You used this approach? http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740912.aspx

I have used Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery or Acronis w/restore-to-diff-hardware-option (that option is standard with the symantec product now) with good success but they do cost.

That is not a legitimate source for Acronis!
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Are you trying to virtualize your physical machine?
have you tried converter from vmware?
check this out http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/

The Vmware converter has major issues with Windows 2000 servers that are well documented elsewhere.  Sometimes it works on SP4

The suggested solution is to use a purchased or trial version of Acronis or symantec (not a stolen copy as recomended above) to do t he onversion.

Here are some EE articles on the methods





Sorry. Using VMWare is not an option for me.

I also just discovered that the harddisk is using  Dynamic/GPT (GUID Partition Table) and not the usual MBR.  Could this be the reason why the boot up failed?

*Never* use dynamic disks.  Almost nothing works with them.


Lesson learned. Nevertheless, I still need to convert this Dynamic GPT harddisk to vhd and run on Virtual PC.

How big is your disk btw?  I believe Symantec BESR will likely work on it.  Yup here: https://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/Q_23300114.html evidently both Acronis and BESR will work with dynamic disks, if there's trouble restoring one to a VM you could probably copy partitions to another drive and then work from there.


My hard-disk is around 180GB.  With 3 partition. 25GB, 70GB and 95GB.
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Thanks. The problem is resolved by changing the harddisk from a dynamic harddisk to a basic harddisk.
Once that is done, rest is routine.

Be careful, last time I looked converting from dynamic to basic using disk management destroyed all data.
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