P2V from hard drive without a computer

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Hi, is there a way to virtualize a computer that has no box?  I have a hard drive that came from a computer where the motherboard failed, the box was then chucked.

Thanks all.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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NOT SUPPORTED, but attach the drive as a secondary to another computer.  Then use Disk2VHD to copy it to a VHD.  This will give you a file you can attach to Hyper-V and start.  There is a POSSIBILITY it won't work.  It's also POSSIBLE you'll be violating licensing if you don't have the appropriate licensing in place.

Any reason you can't just replace the motherboard?  Ebay!?

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wow Lee, that rocks, thats what I have been looking for, is Microsoft the only one to make this?  Or does VMWare have their own version?
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2015-12-06-20_54_44-Open.pngThat's not quite true, VMware Converter, supports disk image formats, so you can image a hard drive, and then VMware Converter can use the image and convert (P2V) it to VMware vSphere, VMware Workstation.

So make an image, with a supported tool.....and convert via VMware Converter.

We do this regularly with hard drives we have on the shelf! drop them into a USB IDE/SATA connector - image, and P2V....

this is a screenshot of the "Import" or Open Image format option for Converter
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Thanks Andrew, I knew I would see you here, is the "supported tool" Disk2VHD?  Is that what you use?

Crunchytime

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Andrew, I got lost in the stand alone converter choices, can you give me a step by step thing to get to a choice to choose vhdx or vhd from that all supported formats thing?

Sorry man, I got lost.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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this is the free tool... VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6 0.

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

you cannot use a VHD or VHDX, a list of them, is shows in my screen shot.

You select Backup Image or Third Party virtual machine, and then click Browse for the supported image you have.

Symantec System Recovery, free trial, is one of the supported images.

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thanks guys, two great ways to do this, worked like a charm

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