Virtual Disk >127 GB bootable in VM software

I have a hard disk partition which is about 250GB in size, and about 85% full.  I would like to find a way to make a Virtual Disk of it, which could be bootable in one or another type of Virtual Machine software on a different computer.  But everything I read says that you can't do this with disks larger than 127 GB.  Can this be done?  What kind of VMware can handle it, and what kind of Image do I need to create?
beachbtAsked:
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marsiliesCommented:
What Virtual Machine software are you planning on using? Virtual PC? VMWare? Hyper-V? Parallels? The 127GB limit is one for Virtual PC, not necessarily others Virtual Machine programs:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708315%28v=ws.10%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396


VMWare Player can handle disks up to 62TB in size. You can use the VMWare Standalone Converter to do the P2V (Physical to Virtual) conversion:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_55_guide.pdf (see page 22)
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1003746

Download Converter here:
http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/

Download VMWare Player here:
https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/free#desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/7_0

Note that VMWare Player is only free for personal use. Otherwise, you'll need to buy Player Pro, VMWare Workstation, or VMWare Fusion.

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beachbtAuthor Commented:
Marsilies, Thank you, that seems to be exactly the information I was looking for!  I'll accept your answer as the solution on faith, as I am not yet in a position to actually perform the replication.

BT
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, it can be done, but be careful if it's OEM....

see my EE Articles

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

Part 13: HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2

http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/18433/HOW-TO-P2V-V2V-for-FREE-VMware-vCenter-Converter-Standalone-6-0.html

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) versions

Note: Physical-to-virtual hard drive migration of a Windows installation is a valid function for customers with Software Assurance and full retail copies of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Software Assurance provides users valuable benefits—please contact Microsoft Corporation for further information. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 installed by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) using OEM versions of these products may not be transferred to a virtual hard drive in accordance with Microsoft licensing terms.

Source
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/A_3721-Can-I-transfer-my-OEM-version-of-Windows-to-another-PC.html
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