Copying a Physical Disk to a Virtual Hard Disk with Hyper-V

Copying a Physical Disk to a Virtual Hard Disk with Hyper-V

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Under Virtual PC / Virtual Server, if you wanted to copy a physical hard disk to a virtual hard disk you had to make a linked virtual hard disk and convert it.  With Hyper-V we have gotten rid of the concept of linked virtual hard disks, and instead allow you to connect physical hard disks directly to virtual machines.  We have also made it easier to copy contents of a physical hard disk to a virtual hard disk.  When you create a new dynamically expanding or fixed-size virtual hard disk you have the option of specifying the size for a new, blank, virtual hard disk - or selecting a physical hard disk to copy the data from:

copyPhysicalHardDisk

It is that simple.  With one click (and a long wait as the data is transferred) you can copy a physical hard disk to a virtual hard disk.

Cheers,
Ben

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  • I would like to convert the psysical disk of server running Server 2003 and then use it in VM in HyperV. What would be the way to do it?

  • What type of connection/connectors are you using? I want to transfer a NT 4.0 Server into a VM. NT server is currently on SCSI drives.

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