Virtualization is becoming increasingly popular in the IT Industry as many companies are now taking advantage of having multiple virtual servers on one physical machine. However the application of virtualizing a PC is not something that only benefits IT Professional in large companies as there can be several applications to implementing a Virtualization in a home environment.
I recently set out to virtualize a lot of my older PC’s, Being the nerd that I am I currently own three laptops and several computer towers that I have acquired over the years that take up a lot of space in my apartment. One day I decided I would set out to virtualize these old PC’s so that I don’t have to keep swapping laptops, monitor cables or power cords to access these PC’s. Virtualization made sense as it gave me the convinience to have all my computers saved as image files that I could access at any time within my active desktop. Essentially I could clone the hard drives and have multiple Virtual PC’s running at the same time.
So when I set out to do this, I looked all over the internet for a FREE program that would allow me to do this, I try to avoid paying for software whenever possible and I stumbled upon a FREE tool that would allow me to turn all my physical pc’s into virtual pc’s. The program was called Disk2VHD Link Here.
When I first open this tool, I thought to myself that this would be one of those programs that would be buggy and that would eventually have me waiting hours and hours only to tell me at the final minute that it failed. However I was pleasantly surprised with its ability to do what it promises reliably and effectively. I only encountered one problem which was an error message.
Problem: “Error during copy: there is not enough space on Disk”
Solution: Use a NTFS formatted hard drive as opposed to FAT32
Asides from this issue, I never really encountered any other issues and therefore I believe Disk2VHD is an awesome piece of software that will allow you to make copies of the physical PC’s to Virtual PC’s Images and I highly recommend it as a free alternative to vmware.