How to move a Hard Disk in vSphere 6.5 between different Operating Systems

Can I move (detach and reattach)  a Hard Disk from One VM to another VM in vCenter 6.5 in  the following scenarios:

1. In Windows from Windows 2008R to Windows 2016

2. From Windows 2012  to Linux SLES 12

3. From Linux SLES 12   to Windows 2016
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Chirag NagrekarSystem AnalystCommented:
Yes you can...  but question is why you want to re-attach the disk to different operating system ? It won't support the formatted file system of disk once you connect the disk.

Here you can use the below article to detach and re-attach disk.

Make sure you back up virtual machine before performing any activity.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can detach and attach, but whether the OS partitions can be read and written, is another matter, see below

1. Windows is fine because it supports NTFS. (OS is similar e.g. Windows)

2. NTFS  partitions can be read and written by Linux.

3. Windows cannot easily recognise Linux partitions.

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cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
Thank you Chirag and Andrew for your advise.  The reason we are doing is because we are migrating/Upgrading to new OS.  Also some of them are appliances.  Want to make sure if his method will work.   Is there any other way we can migrate between different Operating Systems?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Linux can read NTFS - so yes maybe but Linux reading and writing NTFS not recommended!

Windows cannot reads Linux partitions without third party drivers!

And the same....

You would be better migrating the files and folders!
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