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Sysinternals released Disk2vhd, a Windows application which can be used to create .vhd (virtual hard disk) image files from physical hard drives - which you can use to migrate your desktop to a virtual machine. Like many other Sysinternals apps, Disk2vhd is tiny, free, and fully portable. It's also available on live.sysinternals.com so you can run it right over the internet should you forget your trusty flash drive at an inopportune time.

Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online.

Using Disk2vhd is quite simple: launch the executable, browse for a destination, choose which physical drive you want to image, and click create.

Disk2vhd creates a snapshot that you can then mount in Virtual PC or HyperV (it seem to also work on VirtualBox), or as a virtual hard drive on a Windows 7 system.

Disk2vhd runs Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and higher, including x64 systems.

[via downloadsquad]