Take image of current Windows installation, open on Mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by simonk83, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. simonk83 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    So, currently I have a Windows installation which I'm going to sell off an move to a Mac Mini.

    I also have MacBook Pro.

    What I'd like to do is take a clone/image/snapshot/virtual machine of my current Windows installation, then have that image available as a VM on the new Mac. I've been trying to do this for a few days now (testing it out on the Macbook Pro) and I just can't get it working.

    What's the best way to do this? I imagine I'm not the first person to need this :D

    I do have VMware Fusion installed on the MBP, and I've tried the PC Migrate option but have run into a couple of issues.

    1. I have several drives in the Windows PC and VMware seems to want to copy everything across (not just the Windows install drive) so it ends up over 500GB

    2. I get an error anyway when it starts (network issues apparently).


    Hoping someone has a simple solution for this :(

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    If you don't want your data drives migrated, just remove them from the PC before you image it.

    FWIW I've used the standalone VMWare Converter for this many times. I usually send the image to an external HDD instead of trying a network link.

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  3. simonk83 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I actually have vmware converter running as we speak :) I'm also creating a vhd through disk2vhd.

    Then I guess I'll try and open them in VirtualBox and hope for the best :)

    Thanks ;)

    Ps. As for removing the other drives, that was a last resort. Bit of a PITA to do that so I was hoping there was a simpler way ;)
     
  4. simonk83 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Right, I'm having zero luck with this.

    The problem, as far as I can tell, is that my OS drive in the PC is an SSD, which has a 100mb "reserved" partition which seems to hold the system data. The boot data is on the main partition.

    When I try Vmware converter, it fails at one of the last steps (setting up configuration I believe). When I tried disk2vhd, I end up with 2 vhd's, as you'd expect I suppose (one for the main drive and one for the system partition), but neither will boot without the other.

    Pretty stuck :( Surely there's an easier way than this :(

    Oh, and I tried disconnecting my two other drives and running the Fusion migration tool, but now it bloody refuses to connect. Bah.
     
  5. hfg macrumors 68040

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    Is it possible to go the other way around with the migration?

    My Windows is running in a VMware Fusion virtual machine. I now have installed Windows as a bootable BootCamp installation, and also can access it as a VM.

    Is it possible to take my old VM installation and fully migrate it to the native Windows installation (and attached VM)?


    Thanks,
    -howard
     
  6. balamw Moderator

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    There are no canned procedures for V2P (virtual to physical), I have seen cases of it working, but none generic enough to share.

    VMWare has a tech note here: http://www.vmware.com/support/v2p/doc/V2P_TechNote.pdf

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  7. hfg macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the link ... I hadn't seen that.


    -howard
     

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