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way to upload vm to esxi 5

I had vmware server, now I just installed the esxi 5 on the same physical server and mapped the the sata drive (where I stored my vms).

I am running vmware vcenter convertor on a physical win7 workstation and doing the vm import to esxi host. It has been  3 hours now, but it's still 22%. It's not the program freeze, I can see it's making progress but it's just taking too long. Can someone tell me why it's takign this long? and any better way to import it?
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okamonAuthor Commented:
I also tried the datastore browser, it's also taking so long.
vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Have you connected the SATA drive physically to the server on which ESXi 5 is installed ?
is the vm host busy ?

it will take longer if it is

please tell us how your network to the sata drive is setup
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can also use Veeam FastSCP, (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html).

But I do not think ti will be any quicker.
the speed of the conversion depends on few things:
1. network speed - 1Gb link recommended
2. how busy is your VM host
3. how busy is the machine that you are converting

in my experience the biggest bottleneck was most of the time the network speed/configuration, in some instances if the converted machine is very old box, low on RAM it also affected the vConverter
okamonAuthor Commented:
the sata physical hard drive is connected to the same server as vmhost reside.
vmhost is on raid1.

my win7 is on the same network. if I mount the rdm to one of the vm and run the converter, will that make the process faster?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
its possible if you have direct access to the disk it could be faster.

RAID1 SATA is not fast at read and write.
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