How to transfer your physical disk content to a virtual machine.

Create a image of the disk

There are several tools that we can use to create a clone of our disk, like clonezilla, g4l, or dd. This wiki will focus on dd but there maybe other simple and more efficient ways of doing this.

Assuming a full disk image with all the partitions:

Local storage:

dd if=/dev/<disk device> ( of=/dev/<external disk> | of=/tmp/disk_image.img ) bs=<block size> <other options if needed>

Remote storage:

dd if=/dev/<disk device> bs=16065b | nc <ip of the remote machine> <port>  => Source machine

nc -l <port> | ( dd of=/dev/<device> | dd of=/tmp/disk_image.img) bs=16065b => Target machine (Execute this one first)

If you can't use nc because of firewall, use the following method:

dd if=/dev/<disk device> | ssh root@<remote-machine> 'dd of=/tmp/<disk image>' bs=<block size>


Ramdisk image

Setup the configuration

Boot the virtual machine


-- RicardoMendes - 27 May 2008

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