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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Convert a virtualBox disk to plug it into Vmware

Oracle VirtualBox is a powerful virtualization software used on workstation.
The software is fitted with a set of powerful tools that can be used to migrate your disks to VMWare.

If you want to migrate a hard disk initially built with Oracle Virtual Box (VDI) to a VM Ware hard disk. There’s a very easy and it can be done in only two steps:

– first step, you convert the vdi to a raw disk. To do it, you will use “vboxmanage” command from virtualbox

G:\WM_disks> "c:\Program Files\Sun\VirtualBox\vboxmanage" internalcommands \
 converttoraw linux_1_d1.vdi linux_1_d1.raw

– and last step 🙂 you convert the raw disk to a VMDK format disk. In this step, you can still use “vboxmanage” command from virtualbox

G:\WM_disks> "c:\Program Files\Sun\VirtualBox\vboxmanage" convertfromraw `\
linux_1_d1.raw linux_1_d1.vmdk -format VMDK

The conversion is a little bit long and depends on the size of the disk.

To finish, you can add the converted disk to an existing or new VM ware virtual machine.