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Posted on 2009-12-30
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I'm trying to create a virtual image from a system using the Disk2VHD, so far all I get is an error message right when I hit create "error snapshoting volumes", any ideas? 'm running windows XP Pro SP3
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by:Daniel Borger
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I did not work, any other ideas?
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by:Marc Z
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By any chance, is your disk larger then 127 GB?
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I would suggest using another tool for the same purpose: http://www.paragon-software.com/business/db-server/
Download and install trial version. Then run it and get to Wizards - P2V.
That creates same VHD of the system without any problem.
As for your very error, did you check the file system before running the D2V? The error indicates that volume snapshot service is failing to read file system. The cause could be:
1)Errors in file system
2)File system is unknown
3)System partition has no drive letter

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It is a 250Gb drive.
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by:Marc Z
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I believe with disk2vhd, there is a 127 GB limit. Looking into it.
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from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx

Note: Virtual PC supports a maximum virtual disk size of 127GB. If you create a VHD from a larger disk it will not be accessible from a Virtual PC VM.
Also,Note: do not attach to VHDs on the same system on which you created them if you plan on booting from them. If you do so, Windows will assign the VHD a new disk signature to avoid a collision with the signature of the VHDs source disk. Windows references disks in the boot configuration database (BCD) by disk signature, so when that happens Windows booted in a VM will fail to locate the boot disk.

By the way, more then a few people are getting this error.

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