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Convert VMWare machine from IDE UDMA2 to something faster

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Any way to convert VMWare virtual machine HDD from IDE UDMA 2 to something faster?

Yesterday I made a VM from died XP machine, but the HDD access seems slow. The machine is located on Win 7 x64 machine with plenty fast HDD and 8 GB of ram.
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IDE emulation is slow compared to SCSI in a virtual machine.

use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

This will create a native VMware Virutal Machine....however, if the Windows XP machine uses an OEM license, e.g. it was supplied with the computer, it's not retail, your VM is likely to need Activating with a Retail or Volume Product Key.

see my EE Articles

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Hi, I did used converter standalone; I made a virtual disk, than a virtual machine, than converted it in Converter. However, it did not asked for SCSI or IDE?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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You can specify it in the Conversion options.....

Okay another way to do this, is.......

Add a new disk.......make sure it's SCSI.....

Windows XP may ask for a Windows Driver....if using SCSI select the Buslogic (or better the LSI card - you will need a driver for this!)

So you'll then have a VM with two disks....

1. OS Disk - IDE
2. Data Disk - SCSI

and then comes the changeover.....Shutdown VM

and then change the OS Disk from IDE to SCSI.....

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1016192

Are you using VMware Workstation......
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Spot on!
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