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convert copy of xp drive to bootable vmware image

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I have an xp drive that won't boot into xp.
I was able to connect it to another machines as a slave.
I used Super Flexible File Synchronizer to copy all files from that drive into a folder on another drive.
Now I am wondering if there is a way to take that new folder and somehow convert it into a vmware .vhd ?

Any ideas?

Thanks, Kevin.
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Why did the machine fail to boot XP?

you could probably create a VMware (vmdk)( for VMware, but if the original installation was faulty and XP failed to boot, Virtualisation will not fix the fault. The original fault will be carried over.
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No...you can't make a .vmdk solely out of 1 drive (or folder)...kind of. What you can do is do a P2V of the folder it's on, which will convert all drives into .vmdk files. You don't have to use the system drive (.vmdk) if you dont need it. You can then attach the 2nd data drive (.vmdk) to any VM you'd like.

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Oh, and the tool to use is vCenter Converter Standalone:
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0
And here's the Guide on how to do a conversion:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/converter_standalone_guide401.pdf (see beginning on pg. 38).

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What I meant to say was do a P2V of the "whole physical computer" the folder is on. :)

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Thanks for the input.  Probably going to reformat when I have the time...
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