4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 27, 2014 6:18 PM by satya1

    possible to attach to VHD of disk larger than 127GB?

    tr888 Lurker

      I was hoping to preserve my XP Pro SP3 box with five years of work on it as a VM using Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and  Virtual PC.  But the disk drive on the XP box is 232GB and this size makes it unusable with Virtual PC:

       

      Note: Virtual PC supports a maximum virtual disk size of 127GB. If you create a VHD from a larger disk, even if you only include data from a smaller volume, it will not be accessible from a Virtual PC VM. In addition Virtual PC doesn't support the Multiprocessor Specification, which means that it won't be able to boot VHD's from multiprocessor Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems.

      [from the Disk2VHD help manual; empasis added]

       

       

      So I have a possibly useless VHD of this 232GB hard drive from my XP box.  Am I able to use this VHD as the basis for a VM in VMware Player or Workstation?

        • 1. Re: possible to attach to VHD of disk larger than 127GB?
          continuum Guru
          vExpertCommunity WarriorsUser Moderators

          using virtual disks larger than 128 GB is no problem with VMplayer
          may I ask how exactly you created that VHD ?

           

          did you use disk2vhd from sysinternals ?

          • 2. Re: possible to attach to VHD of disk larger than 127GB?
            tr888 Lurker

            Thanks for the reply. Yes, the VHD was created using Disk2VHD, with the "Prepare for use with Virtual PC" option checked.

            • 3. Re: possible to attach to VHD of disk larger than 127GB?
              satya1 Hot Shot

              tr888 wrote:

               

              I was hoping to preserve my XP Pro SP3 box with five years of work on it as a VM using Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and  Virtual PC.  But the disk drive on the XP box is 232GB and this size makes it unusable with Virtual PC:

               

              Note: Virtual PC supports a maximum virtual disk size of 127GB. If you create a VHD from a larger disk, even if you only include data from a smaller volume, it will not be accessible from a Virtual PC VM. In addition Virtual PC doesn't support the Multiprocessor Specification, which means that it won't be able to boot VHD's from multiprocessor Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems.

              [from the Disk2VHD help manual; empasis added]

               

               

              So I have a possibly useless VHD of this 232GB hard drive from my XP box.  Am I able to use this VHD as the basis for a VM in VMware Player or Workstation?

              yes you can

               

              Yours,

              Satya

              • 4. Re: possible to attach to VHD of disk larger than 127GB?
                continuum Guru
                User ModeratorsvExpertCommunity Warriors

                Hi
                please ignore satya1s post ...

                 

                I would create a the vhd without that option - but now that you have it - lets go on
                next step is to use Starwinds Converter
                http://www.starwindsoftware.com/converter
                and convert the VHD to a normal vmdk
                then create a new VM and assign the converted vmdk.

                 

                When that is done please post the vmx-file of that VM so that I edit it for you.
                When we made the edit you can use VMware converter against the new VM - this will patch the drivers and make the VM bootable.

                 

                Dont worry - it will take a few steps but we can do it