Microsoft Windows Virtual PC, VMware and VirtualBox are the three big names in the virtualization world. Most likely, you have heard all these names. Majority of Windows users prefer to use VMware Player and VirtualBox as both these software offer advanced virtualization solutions for free.
Many of us use virtualization software to test drive a new version of Windows and test application for compatibility issues before installing the same on a productive machine. By default, VMware saves virtual machines in .VMDK format and Microsoft Virtual PC uses .VHD format.
At times you might want to use virtual machines created in VMware in Microsoft Virtual PC as well. As you know, Microsoft Virtual PC supports only .VHD format. So if you have a virtual machine in .VMDK format, you need to convert it to .VHD to be able to use it with Virtual PC.
Users who are looking for a free tool to convert VMDK virtual machines to VHD can now use a free tool named VMDK2VHD.
Here is a small tool that helps you quickly convert VMDK format virtual hard drive image to VHD format. VMDK2VHD converter is a tiny tool for XP, Vista and Windows 7 to convert VMDK virtual hard drive to VHD format. The tool doesn’t require an installation. It’s a standalone tool.
Even though converting VMDK to VHD is fairly simple with this tool, we have provided detailed instructions for your convenience.
How to convert VMDK virtual hard drive to VHD format:
Step 1: Download VMDK to VHD zip file and extract the contents to see VMDK Converter folder.
Step 2: Open up the folder, run VMDK2VHD file and then select the VMware virtual hard disk (.VMDK file).
Step 3: Select the destination folder by hitting Save as button and finally hit convert button to start converting your VMDK image to VHD.
Step 4: It will take a few minutes to complete the conversion. Once done, you can use it with Microsoft VPC.
Step 5: Close the tool and start using the newly converted VHD virtual machine. Good luck!