Anybody who’s been reading this blog for awhile knows I have a fondness for helpful Windows utilities of interest to admins, power users, and others who must make Windows behave properly on a day-to-day basis. Ditto, long-time readers will know that I have great regard and respect for the former Sysinternals utilities from Mark Russinovich and Bryan Cogswell. That’s why I’m very pleased to report that yesterday witnessed an update to the already-stellar Windows Sysinternals Disk2vhd utility, now available in version 2.01 dated 1/21/2014. The program works with MS Virtual PC or Hyper-V with equal facility, and will take any physical disk and create a virtual hard disk (VHD) analog for use in a Microsoft Virtual Machine (VM). The utility will work on any version of Windows from XP SP2 to 8.1 on the client side, and any Windows Server version from 2003 and up.
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That’s a whole lotta functionality out of 873 KB (compressed) worth of code! (Click the image to launch the download)
I find this utility incredibly useful for turning existing Windows installations into VHDX files I can then run as virtual machines later on, inside a newer or clean and pristine Windows install running on the same hardware. That way, if I left anything important behind in the files on that older system/boot disk, I can launch it in a VM and grab what I need later on, which confers great piece of mind when moving up from or replacing any Windows installation. Disk2vhd will do likewise for you, and a whole lot more, if you let it. Grab your free copy now!