Connectix 5.2(*.VHD) conversion to MS VPC 2004 (*.vmc)

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Warren O'Reilly, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. I have the following problem I have several vhd's that I have spend
    considerable time on and can't get them to work in my new VPC 2004. I have
    been on the newsgroup and found two solutions to my problem
    1. is to do a regedit trick that I can't seem to find again now.
    2. GHOST - that I don't have
    3. is to use the vpc2004 wizzard and do the following. BUT I DON'T SUCCEED?
    I get the answer that the physical hard disc drive doesn't have enough
    space. And my non Virtual machine has 30GB open?

    Can anybody assist I will post the instruction that I found from a previous
    user.
    ciao
    Warren
    Process 2: Transfer a VMware image:

    This solution is designed to transfer your host machines hard disk (or
    partition) into a Virtual Machine; this method also works from inside a
    VMware Virtual Machine as detailed below.

    1. Add an additional drive to your VMware Virtual Machine
    2. Launch your VMware Virtual Machine
    3. Format the newly added Drive
    4. Install Virtual PC inside the Virtual Machine
    5. Launch the Virtual PC Disk Virtual Wizard (Virtual PC File Menu)
    6. Select "Create new floppy or hard disk image"
    7. Select "Create hard disk image"
    8. Enter a temporary Virtual PC Disk image and location; this will be a
    Virtual PC disk file inside the VMware Virtual Machine. This file is
    temporary and for reference only in step 13 (C:\TempDrive.vhd)
    9. Select "Disk image linked to a host physical drive". On selecting this
    option, a warning dialog box will pop up. Press Ok and move onto the next
    page.
    10. A list of all the physical hard drives present on the host machine is
    displayed. Select the physical hard drive (\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0) whose data
    you want to transfer into a drive image.
    If you are transferring a non-boot partition, a simpler process would be to
    simply file copy the disk from within the VMware Virtual Machine to the host
    and then back into a Virtual PC Virtual Machine

    Completing this action creates a Virtual PC Disk file in the root of the
    vmware Virtual Machine. This file does not contain a copy of the vmware
    disk, it is simply a reference point. To convert the vmware Virtual Machine
    disk to the Virtual PC Virtual Disk, continue with the following steps

    11. Launch the Virtual PC Virtual Disk Wizard again
    12. Select "Examine or modify existing disk image"
    13. Select the Virtual PC Disk Drive you created in step 8
    (C:\TempDrive.vhd")
    14. Select "Convert the physical drive to a dynamically expanding disk
    image".
    15. Enter the permanent Virtual PC Disk image and location; this will be a
    Virtual PC disk file inside the VMware Virtual Machine that holds the copy
    of the VMware Virtual Machine Disk. This file must be located on the newly
    added drive (D:\PhysicalDrive.vhd)

    On completion of the wizard, the conversion procedure will start. This is a
    very time consuming process. The amount of time needed to transfer depends
    on how big the source drive is.

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    Warren O'Reilly, Jan 4, 2004
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  2. Hello Warren,

    It should be as easy as creating a new machine but telling it to use the old
    file as its hard drive. Did this not work?

    --
    --Jonathan Maltz [Microsoft MVP - Windows Server]
    http://www.visualwin.com - A Windows Server 2003 visual, step-by-step
    tutorial site :)
    http://vpc.visualwin.com - Does <insert OS name> work on VPC 2004? Find out
    here
    Only reply by newsgroup. Any emails I have not authorized are deleted
    before I see them.
     
    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Jan 4, 2004
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  3. Hi Jonathan,
    No it right at the end is gave me an error saying my physical hard drive
    doesn't have enough space?

    I don't konw if this is now my pc hdd or the VPC image hdd?

    Warren

     
    Warren O'Reilly, Jan 4, 2004
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  4. Physical hard drive is your real HDD not the image..Is the image on a
    partition with a lot of free space?

    Can you please attach a screen shot (preferably in .PNG or .JPG format) of
    the error message? To take a screen shot of the current window press
    "Alt-PrtScn" at the same time, then paste it into MSPAINT and save it

    --
    --Jonathan Maltz [Microsoft MVP - Windows Server]
    http://www.visualwin.com - A Windows Server 2003 visual, step-by-step
    tutorial site :)
    http://vpc.visualwin.com - Does <insert OS name> work on VPC 2004? Find out
    here
    Only reply by newsgroup. Any emails I have not authorized are deleted
    before I see them.


     
    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Jan 4, 2004
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  5. I have sent you the pic via email as I couln't post it here don't konw why?
    I have emptied 35GB on my Host machine and still get the same error message
    at the end.

    ? When one use the option (LINKED TO A HARD DISK [ADVANCED]) one has to
    point this to the physicaldrive0 that has the data on not the blank second
    drive you have added? (I understand that second drive created and added is
    there for the conversion of the image file?)

    Regards

    Warren O'Reilly
     
    Warren O'Reilly, Jan 4, 2004
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  6. Warren O'Reilly

    Mark Weinreb Guest

    There seems to be a misunderstanding here (per your subject line). You don't
    convert Connectix 5.2 (*.VHD) files to MS VPC 2004(*.VMC) files.
    Both VPCs use the .VHD extension for the virtual hard disk, but where the
    Connectix VPC stored all of the info about the virtual PC in the host's
    registry, the MS version uses an XML file with the .VMC extension for that
    purpose.
    So to convert a virtual PC from Connectix's to MS's VPC, simply create a new
    Virtual PC and get it to use the existing .VHD file.

     
    Mark Weinreb, Jan 4, 2004
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  7. Exactly, Mark

    Warren - in the screen shot you emailed me you had VPC 5.2 open. All that
    needs to be done is loading VPC 2004 and using your old .VHD file as the
    hard drive

    --
    --Jonathan Maltz [Microsoft MVP - Windows Server]
    http://www.visualwin.com - A Windows Server 2003 visual, step-by-step
    tutorial site :)
    http://vpc.visualwin.com - Does <insert OS name> work on VPC 2004? Find out
    here
    Only reply by newsgroup. Any emails I have not authorized are deleted
    before I see them.


     
    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Jan 4, 2004
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  8. Hi Jonathan,

    No I don't have VP5.2 open I am trying to use VPC2004? but to no avail. I
    don't know how to get my 5.2 vhd as the new vhd's in vpc2004?

    I have tried the instructions and just no luck.

    If by any chance can you reply on my email so I can try and sort this out.


     
    Warren O'Reilly, Jan 6, 2004
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  9. You're right...I think. I just took another look at that screen shot - are
    you running VPC 2004 in a VPC 5.2 VPC? That can't be supported...

    Try it on a real computer - you'll probably have a better chance at it

    --
    --Jonathan Maltz [Microsoft MVP - Windows Server]
    http://www.visualwin.com - A Windows Server 2003 visual, step-by-step
    tutorial site :)
    http://vpc.visualwin.com - Does <insert OS name> work on VPC 2004? Find out
    here
    Only reply by newsgroup. Any emails I have not authorized are deleted
    before I see them.


     
    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Jan 7, 2004
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  10. Finnally I tried to do this in a far too complex fashion.

    Thank you it looks as if it has worked.

    Best Regards

    Warren O
     
    Warren O'Reilly, Jan 15, 2004
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