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  1. #40


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Right, I did that. But initially the VMDK is only 2.56MB. And how is the Macrium recovery program going to work with that. Plus I have not figured out how to mount that VMDK so that Macrium recovery can see it. Disk Management cannot deal with it. Is there a way to define a true VHD in VMware.
    The disk is dynamic so the 2.56MB is only important (statistically) for the host. The VM will see the total (virtual) capacity, way larger of course.

    It will work on it.

    Why do you need static disks because dynamic ones grow in size rather than use the whole size from begin.
    I understand all that. My problem is different. I need a VHD big enough to be able to dump a Macrium image of the Win8 system into it. Hopefully I will be able to mount it. Then I can resize it.

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  2. #41


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Wolfgang,

    You should be able to select "Store virtual disk as a single file" and set the maximum size you want at step 7 for that. If you did, then the size will grow up to your max.
    That's right Shawn.

    What he needs here, if I see that correctly, is a static fully allocated disk.
    In Player version 5 we are able to do that: (adding a new disk)

    Click image for larger version

    This can be done in a new VM or existing VM and the disk can be used anywhere.

    I prefer the default (dynamic) method because it doesn't use all space when not needed.
    But the static one has better performance so it seems.

    Regards
    Hopachi
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  3. #42


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I wonder whether the performance on a SSD really makes a difference.
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  4. #43


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Oh yes. A VM runs much smoother and quicker when running from a SSD vs HDD.
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  5. #44


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I got stuck with the mounting. Nothing works. The VMware Mount program does not install. The other program only mounts itty bitty files unless you pay them $49. I tried a few other avenues and got stuck every time. I guess I am at the end of the line.
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  6. #45


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    That stinks.
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  7. #46


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I am trying now to convert the .vmdk to a .vhd. But it is not easy to find a suitable program either. All I have checked out for now had strings attached.
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  8. #47


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I am trying now to convert the .vmdk to a .vhd. But it is not easy to find a suitable program either. All I have checked out for now had strings attached.
    That's indeed annoying. That's one of the reasons why Player is free.

    Sorry to bring this back but VirtualBox is able to convert that.

    You can use CloneVDIGUI as a GUI program instead of the command line VBoxManage.
    -add the VMDK and "change image format to" VHD then you can leave it to fixed.

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    The performance between the fixed and dynamic is insignificant on SSD's and I recommend dynamic since the SSD's have smaller sizes that HDD's.
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  9. #48


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I managed to convert the .vmdk to .vhd with a program that I found on a French site (helps when you can read French, LOL). I then mounted the .vhd and restored the image of my Windows 8 installation into it. Now I have to reconvert the .vhd to .vmdk with the same program. That did not work at first on my Windows 7. I think it is because that part of the program needs Java which I have uninstalled on my Windows 7 (for the well known reasons) . I will now try it on my Windows 8 where I still have Java. Then I can fumble the .vmdk back into my test virtual machine. Hopefully that will work.

    If you want to download the program, here is the site. Use the second link (the torrent) for downloading. The program itself is in English.
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  10. #49


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I managed to convert the .vmdk to .vhd with a program that I found on a French site (helps when you can read French, LOL). I then mounted the .vhd and restored the image of my Windows 8 installation into it. Now I have to reconvert the .vhd to .vmdk with the same program. That did not work at first on my Windows 7. I think it is because that part of the program needs Java which I have uninstalled on my Windows 7 (for the well known reasons) . I will now try it on my Windows 8 where I still have Java. Then I can fumble the .vmdk back into my test virtual machine. Hopefully that will work.

    If you want to download the program, here is the site. Use the second link (the torrent) for downloading. The program itself is in English.
    Good to know other options exist. Thanks for the link.
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