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I recently tried cloning (p2v) a netbook (Compaq 110 Mini) using SysInternals Disk2VHD tool (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx)

When I created a VMC in VPC (Virtual PC) on my Windows 7 Ultimate laptop the VPC of my netbook wouldn't boot beyond the initial BIOS test. All I got was a black screen.

Does anyone have any advice on what to try to debug this ?

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I am curious what you have discovered. There's a ver 1.4 which I have used and am getting the same results that you have initially posted.

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I haven't tried 1.4, I will do soon, and post my results. In the end I purchased and used Acronis Disk Director Suite, and Acronis True Image Home. I've since partitioned the drive and dual-booted it with Windows 7. I will attempt to use Disk2VHD again as soon as I get chance. I think Disk Director Suite allows the creation of VHD's so I may end up using a commercial product. At least I got them both for 50% off in Acronis' advent calendar special offers just before Christmas. –  cometbill Jan 4 '10 at 14:31
    
I just managed to get ver 1.4 to run successfully. I think the trick may be to check the "fix up HAL for Virtual PC". BTW, it's running as a guest on VirtualBox –  funbi_grace Jan 5 '10 at 8:18

There is new version (1.3) out. That version solves problem with booting of some machines. Just retry whole process with new disk2vhd.

This update to Disk2vhd makes more Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 VHDs bootable by updating their MBR and boot sectors to be compatible with Hyper-V and Virtual PC and by installing the Intelide driver if it it’s not already installed. It also optimizes image creation by not copying paging and hibernation files.

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funnily enough I just noticed this about 15 minutes ago, just after I posted the question I looked again at the page and saw the updated version number, checked out the main page for the update history and saw the comment you made. It's currently re-working under my desk, I'll try the VPC in about 14 hours when I get home, and update this question. –  cometbill Nov 4 '09 at 8:35

I have had too many problems with disk2vhd. Instead I used virtualbox with vm_converter. Very good results. Here is the instruction page for that : How to Convert a Physical Windows XP Machine to a VM (P2V) for Use in VirtualBox.

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