Dec 032012

Being in love with wonderful VirtualBox since I’ve tried the first time few years ago, I noticed that the disk files are often incompatible with VMware.

Today I’ve found a good solution and I want to make sure I will not forget, hence writing on my… favourite notepad 🙂

The conversion trick can be done on a command line, using the utility VBoxManage with the clonehd parameter as follows:

VBoxManage clonehd "name_of_original_disk_file.vmdk" name_of_the_converted_disk_file.vmdk --format vmdk --variant standard

This will create in no time (13 GB converted in few seconds) a VMware compatible disk image which can be used as a starting point to recreate the VMware VM.

Example of the output is:

Clone hard disk created in format ‘vmdk’. UUID: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx