Easy VHD to Physical Disk Solution

Daisy updated on Dec 11, 2018 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Can I Copy VHD to the Physical Disk

"I have a Lenovo laptop that runs Windows XP. At the same time, I set up Windows 7 on a VHD. Now I want to upgrade my computer from XP to Windows 7. But there is no straight upgrade path, and I do not want to spend an entire weekend setting everything up. After some testing, I would like to copy VHD to physical disk to move the content of the VHD to my real hard drive. I think it is the best way to do the upgrade job. It allows me to set up the machines step by step in parallel to working with the original one. But I don’t know how can I clone VHD to the physical disk? Do you have any suggestion?" 

What Is a VHD

VHD is short for Virtual Hard Disk. It is a file format which represents a virtual hard disk drive (HDD). It may contain what is found on a physical HDD, such as disk partitions and a file system, which in turn can contain files and folders. It is typically used as the hard disk of a virtual machine. A Virtual Hard Disk allows multiple operating systems to reside on a single host machine. Besides, it has many other advantages:

  • IT organizations can deploy standardized, 'pre-built' configurations on a single VHD.
  • Changes to the contents of a VHD are easily undone.
  • Many current operating systems support having multiple users but offer varying degrees of protection between them.

Apart from these advantages, it still has limitations.

  • The VHD format has a built-in limitation of just under 2 TB for the size of any dynamic or differencing VHDs.
  • It only allows a maximum of 65535×16×255 sectors.

The Best VHD to Disk Solution

Have you ever wanted to copy a VHD to a physical disk? Or copy a VMDK, VHDX, or VirtualBox VDI to a physical disk? Although many users tried to copy a virtual hard disk to the physical hard drive when they want to do a complete new setup of the machine. Yes, it is the easiest way that can save much time and effort. 

But few people know how to migrate VHD to the physical disk manually. So on this page, we would like to offer you an efficient VHD to disk method. You can do this by using a VHD to disk migration tool - EaseUS partition software. Simply download EaseUS partition software, create a disk clone task and choose the virtual disk (VHD, VHDX, etc.) as a source and the physical disk as the target. In this way, it allows you to easily duplicate the contents of the virtual hard disk to the physical drive.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Steps to Copy the VHD to a Physical Disk

Right-click My Computer > Manage > Storage > Disk Management, right-click Disk Management and choose Attach VHD.

Attach VHD in Disk Management to copy VHD to physical disk

Download and install this reliable partition manager the follow the steps below to copy your virtual disk.

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

Step 1: Select the source disk.

Open EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click the disk that you want to copy or clone. Then, select "Clone".

select the disk that you want to copy

Step 2: Select the target disk.

Choose the wanted HDD/SSD as your destination and click "Next" to continue.

choose a suitable destination

Step 3: View the disk layout and edit the target disk partition size. 

Then click "Continue" when the program warns it will wipe out all data on the target disk. (If you have valuable data on the target disk, back up it in advance.)

confirm to continue the cloning process

You can select "Autofit the disk", "Clone as the source" or "Edit disk layout" to customize your disk layout. (Select the last one if you want to leave more space for C drive.)

Adjust disk layout

Step 4: Execute the operation.

Click the "Execute the operation" option and click "Apply" to start the disk cloning process.

If the disk that you choose has partitions on it, the wizard will ask you to delete all the partitions on the disk. So backing up your data is very important.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose EaseUS Partition Master?

"I've used Partition Master Professional many times to create, delete, format, move, rename, and resize partitions."PCWorld

"Partitioning tools have come a very long since the days of complicated command line utilities and EASEUS Partition Master is one of the most advanced programs available."TECH ADVISOR

"I love that the changes you make with EaseUS Partition Master Free aren't immediately applied to the disks. It makes it way easier to play out what will happen after you've made all the changes."Lifewire

Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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