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Posted 07 November 2017 - 08:41 PM
Posted 08 November 2017 - 08:47 AM
If you plan on cloning to newer hardware with SATA hard drives there will be a problem as Windows 2000 will not have the SATA drivers installed. If you clone and attempt to boot you would probably get an error stating the OS could not be found. Normally on an install to a SATA hard drive the drivers are slipstreamed into the install media. This is the case with XP. The problem is your newer hardware may not have Windows 2000 drivers for the mass storage controller.
I would recommend you look for an imaging program that can do bare metal restores. This is available in Macrium but not the free version. Others that can do this is Aomei and Easeus. Easeus will let you create a VM image which would be able to run in a VM machine. That may be your best option. I have no experience doing this but the support staff at the above mentioned companies should be able to help.
Posted 08 November 2017 - 09:55 AM
Posted 08 November 2017 - 10:24 AM
Thanks for the great explanation. So if one of the companies you mentioned does bare metal restores, will I still have to slipstream the sata mass controller drivers so it will recognize the hard drive during boot up?
I believe that would be possible during the restore if you can find the drivers for the mass storage controller. The below link is for Macrium v5, it's currently at v7. You can see the steps for a bare metal restore.
Posted 21 November 2017 - 01:55 PM
Another solution, that I believe will work as far as VM creation goes, is using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone (found here: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info?slug=infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/6_0 and is free). It's pretty simple and straightforward to use, although what JohnC_21 suggested might be better solution
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