Possible to create Windows HDD from sparseimage?

Discussion in 'Windows Guest OS Discussion' started by Guddler, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. Guddler



    Some time back I backed up a Windows disk using Carbon Copy Cloner (i guess!) and so I have a ".sparseimage" file of this. I did this more to keep a copy of the content than anything, but now I'm wondering if it's possible to create a VM and attach this disk, having converted it rather than re-installing. I'm guessing not, since the disk was NTFS and a sparseimage isn't (is it?), but...

    So far I tried:
    Converting from sparse image to RAW and then to VMDK using qemu-img. Didn't seem to work
    Converting from sparse image to RAW and naming as HDD (read somewhere HDD = raw). Didn't seem to work

    Currently I'm trying the following:

    Created a new VM.
    Booted VM with gparted and formatted the disk to NTFS and set boot flag
    Mount the HDD with parallels mounter
    CCC is cloning from the sparseimage to the HDD

    Problem is I've left it overnight twice now. It gets about half way through then crashes - but I'm not sure if it's CCC or Parallels disk mounter that's doing the crashing.

    I have my doubts this will work anyway because of the NTFS permissions on the files when I'm done but hey, worth a try ;)

    Any thoughts on if this can be done somehow??


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