2271: Converting Images to Virtual Hard Disks in Acronis True Image Echo

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Last update: 16-07-2009

Acronis True Image Echo has the capability to convert a disk/partition image (.tib) to a virtual disk file of the type you select (.vmdk, .vhd, .hdd).

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Acronis True Image Echo has the capability to convert a disk/partition backup images (.tib) to a virtual disk file (.vmdk, .vhd, .hdd). You will then be able to add the disk to a virtual machine of compatible type (VMware virtual machine (Desktop or ESX format), MS virtual machine or Parallels virtual machine).

Here is the list of steps, which are performed by Acronis True Image Echo Enterprise Server to convert a *.tib archive to a virtual disk:

  1. The *.tib backup archive and the destination format of virtual disk are selected by user.
  2. The structure of the corresponding destination virtual disk (.vmdk, .vhd, .hdd) is initialized.
  3. Acronis True Image Echo checks if there is a Windows operating system on one of the partitions in the .tib archive
    • If there is, then the virtual device driver set for the corresponding virtual machine type is injected (using the technology similar to Acronis Universal Restore)
    • If there is not, then the image is left as is
  4. Acronis True Image Echo fills the initialized virtual disk structure with data from the archive.
  5. Acronis True Image Echo finalizes and closes the virtual disk, writes checksums.

All the required virtual device drivers are shipped within the Acronis True Image Echo product itself.

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