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How to virtualize this (old-ish) Linux server to VMware?

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I've got an old-ish Linux server here that I want to virtualize. Unfortunately VMWare Standalone Converter is unable to convert it because the server has a SoftRAID on two of the three disks. I tried (and managed) to clone the boot disk and one of the RAID disks to a new virtual machine using dd, I can log on to it but there's of course all kinds of messed up stuff ...

So is there any other way to do this properly?

Here's the configuration of the old server:
- Gentoo Linux with a 2.6 Kernel
- a boot disk (20Gb) /dev/hda
- two more disks (120 Gb) /dev/hdc and /dev/hdd, mirrored using a SoftRAID
- some more disks but I don't know what they're for ... /dev/md0, /md1 and /md2 ... ah, wait those are the disks resulting from the RAID!? Maybe I need to clone those ... but would that work? Especially since Linux tells me that they don't contain valid partition tables and the new virtual machine doesn't have a SoftRAID (and doesn't need to)?

So is there a way to clone this SoftRAID server to a non-RAID virtual machine and have it work as before? ;)

Any help is appreciated! Thank you

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