Converting virtual hard disks VHD and VHDX with Hyper-V tools and program StarWind V2V Converter
Built into Hyper-V conversion function drives hard to call a full-fledged Converter. All that can staffing Microsoft hypervisor to do with virtual hard disks its own VHD format, VHDX is convert these formats one into the other and change the dynamic type to fixed and Vice versa.
The mechanism of converting virtual disks in formats other hypervisors, as, for example, provides the program VirtualBox, composed of Hyper-V is missing.
Below is a look at how the process of converting the. VHD and. VHDX disks with installed guest OS to a different type and format. To convert the disks will be using the regular Hyper-V in Windows 10 and third-party free program StarWind V2V Converter.
on the website of the developer by filling up a questionnaire for the registration StarWind. The download link of the installer comes to the address you provided in the registration data.
With the format of the virtual hard disk VMDK is not only the «native» hypervisor VMware, but VirtualBox. The conversion process from disk VHDX to VMDK disks still can not avoid, if a virtual machine Hyper-V must be run on VMware or VirtualBox. But in the conversion of the VHD format that is supported by VMware, and VirtualBox has its benefits – more economical VMDK disks consume disk space on the physical computer, rather than the VHD disk.
StarWind V2V Converter to convert the VHD disk and VHDX to VMDK disks. And Vice versa – disks VMDK disks in VHD and VHDX. For VHD and VMDK disk while converting, you can choose a different existing type – dynamic or fixed. Consider the operation of the program on the example of the convert VHDX to VMDK disk.
Launch StarWind V2V Converter and immediately click «Next.»
Specify the source path to the VHDX file. Click «Next».
Choose the size and type of disk VMDK. In our case, we chose the first option – the VMware growable image. This is a dynamic drive type. The second option — the VMware pre-allocated image is the type of fixed disk. Click «Next».
As a controller VMware to create virtual machines, it is recommended to choose SCSI, and choose. Click «Next».
Using the browse button, specify the path of the creation of VMDK disk on exit. Click «Next».
Will start the conversion process. Upon completion click «Finish».
And, in fact, you can begin to create a virtual machine from an existing VMDK disk in VirtualBox and VMware hypervisors.