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I am building a new PC this week when parts arrive. I will be reusing a few old parts that were upgraded. I am wanting to first though take an image/vm of the machine so that if I forgot something I can go get it easily. Wondering what software you would do this with?

It's going to probably be about 700gb of data over 2 drives. My first thought was a physical to virtual machine conversion with https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/...=converter and then use the free player software?

Anything else?

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It depends on what your lookup needs are. If it is only file-based, you could roll everything into a VHD file and load that as needed into the new machine. This would work for most people -- some people need specific software level access in which case I would probably go with a converter as you mentioned.

I can't answer the question for you whether or not you actually need to have a bootable and software-accessible copy, but as for my experience I have seen very few cases that would require that. File-level access on an external hard-drive or VHD, or by some other means is usually adequate.

Keep it as simple as you require, no reason to create a full-blown operating environment if you don't need it.
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I've used disk2vhd [microsoft.com] several times now. The VHD can boot in Hyper-V or Virtualbox.
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Quote from eekthecat View Post :
It depends on what your lookup needs are. If it is only file-based, you could roll everything into a VHD file and load that as needed into the new machine. This would work for most people -- some people need specific software level access in which case I would probably go with a converter as you mentioned.

I can't answer the question for you whether or not you actually need to have a bootable and software-accessible copy, but as for my experience I have seen very few cases that would require that. File-level access on an external hard-drive or VHD, or by some other means is usually adequate.

Keep it as simple as you require, no reason to create a full-blown operating environment if you don't need it.
I figure file based is most likely ok. I will try the VHD router first I think. So you can mount a VHD just like a HD then in device manager? Sounds like it might work well to put on an external drive for "storage"

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I've used disk2vhd [microsoft.com] several times now. The VHD can boot in Hyper-V or Virtualbox.
Thanks I think I will try this first.
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Do you need to be able to boot into the image or just get files from it? If the latter, then an image backup using Macrium Reflect can be opened as a virtual disk and you can go through the folders just like they were on your system.
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
I figure file based is most likely ok. I will try the VHD router first I think. So you can mount a VHD just like a HD then in device manager? Sounds like it might work well to put on an external drive for "storage"



Thanks I think I will try this first.
I usually use "diskpart" command line for VHD tasks but you can use it multiple ways as mentioned through virtualbox, etc.

Disk2vhd is a good tool and it should work well for you. Give it a shot and tweak as necessary.
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