I have a Windows 10 virtual machine under VMware Workstation Player on Linux. The disk is stored under VMware’s default file format.
How can I copy / adapt / write the file system contents from the virtual disk to a (native) hard disk partition? I have (among other resources) live Linux Mint Sylvia media, and I intend to place Linux on another partition, and should be able to copy the disk image / stored virtual machine.
The disk image is not one-to-one as far as bytes go; the default VMware disk format (which I used) is split into relatively small files of up to 2G, but they are often significantly smaller than 2G for unused space in the guest disk image.
I imagine @vautee’s comment assumes a concern that I don’t want to be using a Cygwin
dd to copy drives to a mounted disk from a Windows guest itself.
How, in terms of specific commands, can I achieve what a
dd would achieve from a single, straight, uncompressed ISO-like disk image, if what I have now is a series of VMware’s 2G chunks that are often less than 2G where the drive space isn’t (fully) used?