2004 Dynamic Disk Conversion to 2007 Dynamic Disk

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by sc, Jun 5, 2007.

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    sc Guest

    So i have a VM that was originally created with a dynamic disk in VPC 2004.
    I have since maxed out the size at 15GB and have no more free space
    available. I read that VPC 2007 has a max disk size of 130GB so I went ahead
    and upgraded hoping that my disk would then continue to group past the
    previous limit of 15GB but that is not the case. Does anyone know a way to
    work around this. I really don't want to start from scratch. Anyway to
    convert the max size from 15GB to 130GB?
    sc, Jun 5, 2007
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    Bo Berglund Guest

    You will have to do it in exactly the same way as if you had bought a
    new bigger drive for your physical PC....

    1) Put the new empty drive in the PC chassis on a free IDE channel
    (this is equivalent to attaching a new bigger VHD disk to the guest
    you have already via the settings in the VPC2007 console)

    2) Boot up the guest from a Ghost2003 boot floppy image (or any other
    imaging software you might own)

    3) Make a ghost transfer from the too small disk to the new empty disk

    4) When done release the ghost floppy and shut down the guest

    5) Now in the guest settings in the VPC2007 console remove the old
    disk VHD file and then attach the new vhd file as the first disk.

    6) Boot up the guest

    This is what you would do in a real PC too and it will work on VPC as


    Bo Berglund
    Bo Berglund, Jun 5, 2007
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  3. Sylvain Lafontaine, Jun 6, 2007
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    Greg Perry Guest

    Where would I be able to buy or find this virtual ghost boot floppy file?
    Greg Perry, Jun 7, 2007
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    Greg Perry Guest

    OK that is for the actual product... I have a laptop with no floppy, how do
    I make a ghost boot floppy has a virtual floppy image?
    Greg Perry, Jun 7, 2007
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    Bo Berglund Guest

    I bought the boxed product Ghost10 and it came with two CD:s, one was
    Ghost10 (which cannot be used for this purpose) and the other was
    Gost2003, which can.
    You install it and then you create a boot disk, which you can burn to
    CD (like I did) or to a floppy disk. Make sure to put FSHare.exe from
    the VPC2004 VMAdditions on the boot disk too!!!

    After you have done the boot disk you can uninstall Ghost from your
    PC, cause you don't need it anymore there. The thing you do need is on
    the boot disk. :)

    Bo Berglund
    Bo Berglund, Jun 7, 2007
  7. Just as a warning, Ghost 2003 only come with the boxed version of Ghost10
    and not with the online version. There are also other imaging tools around
    which might be more suitable because Ghost 2003 itself doesn't seem to be
    really supported anymore by Symantec.
    Sylvain Lafontaine, Jun 7, 2007
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    Bo Berglund Guest

    but it is the "old trusted" ghost program that understands NTFS file
    systems while booting up into PC-DOS for disk imaging.
    An alternative is Ghost8, which has better functions (but is more
    expensive). For example Ghost8 can connect to a second Ghost8 session
    across the network and these two can exchange disk data so that one
    instance reads and the other writes the disk.

    Of course Acronis True Image with Universal Restore is another
    possibility. I have not used it, however, so I cannot advice on it. I
    have used Ghost2003 many times and Ghost8 a couple of times though and
    it worked fine then.
    Except the time I had a motherboard problem on my HP laptop and tried
    to create a VM off of the undamaged laptop disk so I could work while
    the laptop was repaired...
    That never worked properly, the resulting VM bluescreened on bootup no
    matter what repair and other remedies I tried. But that is probably a
    case better forgotten...

    Bo Berglund
    Bo Berglund, Jun 7, 2007
  9. Using the NTBackup available on many Windows systems is another possibility,
    too. Not only it's free but it's also capable of providing recovery
    services when there has been a change of hardware. (However, I never used it
    myself, so I cannot tell anything for sure about that.). See:

    Sylvain Lafontaine, Jun 8, 2007
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    Bo Berglund Guest

    I used NTBackup on a Windows2000 system just a month ago when I
    visited my mother and decided to make a VPC copy of her machine so I
    could give support while being at home (500 km away).
    Of course I had my Ghost2003 CD, but her system had no extra drive to
    ghost into. If I had had Ghost8 available then I could have ghosted to
    a USB drive, but I didn't.
    So I used NTBackup and made a full system backup of her system with
    the backup file on the system drive.
    Then I moved that to my laptop using a USB connected drive.
    Had to create a new VM and install Win2000 into that first, then
    install VMAdditions so I could create a shared folder to my laptop
    host where the backup image was stored. Then I used the restore
    utility on the VM guest to make a full system restore from the backup.
    Got a large number of hardware errors after booting up so I had to
    make a repair install of Win2000 using the CD image to clean out
    those. Then finally I had to uninstall her HP printer from the virtual
    machine guest because it was throwing a lot of errors too.

    But finally (after many hours) her machine is now running as a VPC2007
    guest in my collection of virtual machines.

    The NTBackup route is tedious but can work, as I proved. Ghosting cuts
    out about 3-4 hours of work from the transfer.

    Bo Berglund
    Bo Berglund, Jun 8, 2007
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