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Here at work I have a couple of VMWare virtual machines of old computers that no longer exist, but have some old programs and stuff we wanted to keep active. But I didn't set them up, I only use them.

What I have at the house is a new Windows 7 machine and an old Windows XP machine. I had a couple of folders set up to share over the network and was happy enough, but that machine just died. I pulled the HDD out and connected it to the W7 machine and can access the pictures and vids I had stored there, and went ahead and copied those on over to the w7 machine.

There are still some programs on the XP machine that I'd like to run, but I don't want to try to retroactively set up an XP boot partition or any of that, seems like the virtual machine would do what I want to do, plus I could still access my old emails and such.

Can you set up a virtual machine of a dead rig with just the functioning HDD? I own the XP OS disc, and the W7 Ultimate OS disc. I tried to read through the VMWare site, but that was written for people who have some sort of a clue about that stuff, and I don't.

Please try to keep the explanation simple, you are dealing with a software simpleton here.

Thanks, hopefully I can learn something.
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post #2 of 17
This may help you.

http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
post #3 of 17
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That looks good, but I'm still not seeing if I can use just the HDD. It mentions converting existing machines to virtual machines with no down time, but I don't currently have any uptime.

Looks like the newest version won't do a cold clone, which I guess is what I'm trying to do. Trying to find the bootable iso file of the previous version.
Edited by GnarlyCharlie - 8/15/12 at 3:49pm
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We use Hyper-V at my workplace and this is possible via that program but I don't know if VMWare has that option or not. I know for sure the built in Windows VirtualPC will not have this. It sounds like you will need to download a program that creates a VHD from your existing HDD before you will be able to convert it to a VM. This article should be helpful:

http://hackstips.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/converting-drives-to-virtual-hard-disk/

Basically:
1. download the Disk2vhd and create the vhd from the given HDD
2. In VMWare or VirtualPC create your VM
3. During your VM creation you should be given an option to either create a new vhd or use an existing one, choice to use an existing vhd and point to it;s location
Edited by benben84 - 8/15/12 at 3:40pm
 
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post #5 of 17
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OK, this is worth a shot. I'm dl'ing VMPlayer and I'll convert the XP disc to a vhd when I'm done. Hopefully VMPlayer will know what to do with it after that.

I guess I better clone the XP disc first, just in case.
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post #6 of 17
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Well, it didn't really work. I have a VHD, and I have a few Windows XP Virtual Machines, but I'm having no luck merging the two.

I knew it was going to be a challenge, so I'll keep plugging away.

Any hints on how to either install the virtual OS on the VHD, or add the VHD to the virtual OS?
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post #7 of 17
I think you need to select the option before you finish creating the virtual machine.
 
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post #8 of 17
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I don't get any of those options, I think I probably have some sort of compatibility issue between my systems.

I've created VHDs in several different drives, tried building VMs in several locations from scratch and using existing VHDs, installed and uninstalled VMWare several times to clean up the spare files, installed XP so many times my DVD drive is smoking, and it's just not doing anything but creating a bare XP machine with nothing on the virtual desktop but a recycle bin.

I can created a VHD, I can build a bare VM, I'm just not able to get the VM to use the VHD.

I've cleaned it all off my rig as best I can, I guess I'll try the dual boot disc or something else for a while.
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post #9 of 17
I just thought of something though, VMware doesn't use VHD, it uses VMDK. So, if you currently have a VHD and want to use VMWare you will need to convert it. VMWare has a converter here: http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
 
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What version of VMWare are you using?
 
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