I have always thought Mark Russinovich of sysinternals was “the man” (even prior to Microsoft acquiring them). He just proved me right again with the release of disk2vhd. Seriously how cool is this?!?
“Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoftâ€™s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system thatâ€™s online. Disk2vhd uses Windowsâ€™ Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted).”
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