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Separate out partitions in VHDX file after P2V conversion

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Hi all,

Doing a conversion from physical to virtual. Have run disk2vhd to convert the physical machine to the VHDX in prep to spin up a 2012R2 Hyper V environment.

In the past conversions i've done, its been either multiple disks or single partition per raid array. However in this current one it's one array with 3 partitions. I initially did one capture, then realised it had put all three partitions into the one VHDX file. So then i did the 3 seperately, but found it still contained the same partition layout just with no data in the other two partitions.

From reading online the disk2vhd tool litterally does just that. Takes the full disk partitions and all and dumps it into one file. For the sake of easier management it would be better to have these as separate VHDX files. What's the easiest way to do this?
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Unfortunately disk2vhd has *never* been an officially supported method to do a p2v move. Even when it works (and trust me, it doesn't), the drivers it leaves behind on system partitions tend to cause unstable VMs.  So it actually happens that the best way to solve your problem is also the best way to do conversions in general.

For environments that will be running SCVMM, that can do it and is fully supported. And for environments that won't be, I still recommend using image-based backup tools that can do hardware-independent restores. These actually strip out drivers during the restore and create more stable VMs and would also let you restore the data on a per-partition basis. Products like Acronis, Paragon, or the one I use, StorageCraft's ShadowProtect, all offer this capability and I have a near perfect p2v success rate when using this method.
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Ended up sticking with the single vhdx files. There's sufficient disk space, so shouldn't cause any issues.
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