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here's my current config:

  1. I have an offline SSD with a single ~240Gb partition that was running in my old laptop.
  2. I no longer have access to the laptop.
  3. I have a new eSata enclosure and would like to boot from a VHD of the old image, externally, running on my new Win8 machine using Hyper-V.

I would like to know if:

  1. This is possible with current tools,
  2. If anyone could recommend a utility to do the p2v conversion on the disk.

I checked DiskToVHD from sysinternals, but it says it only supports up to 128Gb partitions. I found a couple of other utilities, but couldn't find confirmation that they supported Win8.

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so you have the 240gb disk in the new esata enclosure, hook that up to you w8 workstation. Then create a new vm when it asks for the destination disk it will give you the option to import from a physical disk. This is an easy way to p2v when you just have the disk. – user33788 May 10 '13 at 18:38
Why the downvote here? This is a clear question IMO and the details are here. – MisterJames May 10 '13 at 19:39
Thanks @tonyroth I will look at that as an option. Cheers. – MisterJames May 10 '13 at 19:40

Create a VHDX using the Disk Management MMC that is at least as large as your SSD. Attach the VHDX. Then use something like DriveImage XML to copy the SSD to the VHDX. Once that is complete, detach the VHDX, create a new VM and attach the VHDX instead of creating a new one.

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Thanks longneck, this seems like a reasonable approach, though they don't offer support on the free version. I'm going to try @tonyroth's suggestion first and if that doesn't work I'll consider the commercial license on DriveImage XML. Cheers. – MisterJames May 10 '13 at 19:44

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