rcgaff
Contributor
Contributor

Clone Physical Machine from a USB Hard Drive?

Hi,

Can I Cole Clone a Physical Machine (my Laptop) by putting its Hard Drive in an external USB enclosure and attaching it to another machine running VMware Converter?

It wasn't clear to me in the documentation if this use case is supported.

Thanks,

rcgaff

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rcgaff
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Contributor

"Cold Clone" of course

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surferdave
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Enthusiast

Yes. I used WinISO to move the ISO files to the USB key to boot from their. As long as you can boot from USB of course.

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rcgaff
Contributor
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Hi Dave,

I am not sure I undestand.

What I wanted to do was to put the HD from my laptop in a USB external drive, attach that drive to another Win XP machine running VMware Converter, create a VMware Image from the USB drive on the second machine to run in a VMware server there.

So where does a bootable ISO image fit in this scenario?

Thanks for the post,

rcgaff

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mikefoley
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

Why not just put the disk back in the laptop for an hour and boot&clone from there? It's probably easier. Smiley Happy

The "cold clone" reference would have you going thru a number of hoops. Honestly, it's easy to just put the disk back in the laptop, boot it and run VMware Converter and let it run.

mike

mike
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