Convert Disk Image to Virtual Disk File (.vmdk or .vhd)

How to convert a physical disk image to a virtual disk file (.vmdk or .vhd)? EaseUS Todo Backup can convert system partition image file to vmdk or vhd file to create virtual machine easily.

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Updated by Larissa on Nov 01, 2022
Written by Tracy King

Why convert a disk image to a virtual disk file

Differing from physical hard disk, the virtual hard disk is a file used as storage media for the virtual machine. P2V (physical to virtual) can help you:

  • Migrate the operating system on the physical machine to a virtual machine when creating a new virtual machine.
  • Convert physical disk image to virtual disk image to transfer data easily.

P2V (physical to virtual) function provided by EaseUS Todo Backup is the most time-saving way to create a new virtual machine.

How to convert a disk image to a virtual disk file 

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1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Tools"  -> "P2V Recovery".

Select Convert image

2. Then select the disk and partition backup image file to convert.

Convert disk partition backup file

3. Choose the virtual machine name and then select the virtual software vendor: VMware or Virtual PC. Click Browse to modify the location to save the image file.

Select image file

4. Click "Proceed".

FAQ on Convert Physical Disk to VMDK

How do I create a virtual machine from a physical disk in VMware?

To create a virtual machine from a physical disk in VMware, you will need:

  • A VMware product
  • A physical disk
  • A computer on which to install the VMware product

1. Connect the physical disk to the computer on which you will be running VMware.

2. Launch the VMware product.

3. Select "Create a new virtual machine."

4. Follow the prompts to create a new virtual machine. When asked, select "Use an existing virtual disk" and choose the physical disk you connected in step 1.

5. Complete the wizard and start the new virtual machine. You should now be able to use the physical disk as a virtual machine in VMware.

How do I create a VMDK file?

You can follow the steps to create a VMDK file:

1. Right-click on the disk in VMware and select "Create New Virtual Disk."

2. Choose the size of the disk and select "Store with virtual machine."

3. Click "Finish" to create the VMDK file.

4. Right-click on the newly created VMDK file and select "Add to Library."

5. Select the library in which you want to store the VMDK file and click "Add."

You should now have a VMDK file that can be used to create a virtual machine in VMware.

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Updated by Larissa

Larissa has rich experience in writing technical articles. After joining EaseUS, she frantically learned about data recovery, disk partitioning, data backup, and other related knowledge. Now she is able to master the relevant content proficiently and write effective step-by-step guides on computer issues.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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