VMware Cold convert P to V

I have an XP machine that died but need to convert the disk,(which is good) to a VM.

I know I have done this before but its been awhile.. I thought the disk could be mounted on another Windows PC,(say via USB) and then converted using "VMware Converter Standalone".

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware Converter converts a Live PC, not an image.

You would need to provide an image to VMware Converter using Symantec Recovery.
sullendAuthor Commented:
Is there a free recovery tool besides Symantec also what about converting the disk to a VHD will that work?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can use the free trial available from Symantec to complete this.

It's the only one available.

The only other method, is to use Ghost or other imaging product, and follow the older Ultimate P2V method see here


this is how we did P2V before VMware Converter...

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