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I have a VHD file that was created by a citrix provisioning server. It is specific to a computer model. I was wanting to transfer the vhd onto the physical disk. Can anyone think of a way to do this? I then want to be able to boot off the physical hard disk like it was before I converted it to vdisk (vhd) It is a windows 7 vhd. Thanks

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since its win7 just boot the vhd natively!

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd799299(WS.10).aspx

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That means I have to have an OS on there already (windows 7). Not quite what I had in mind. I ended up using a program called macrium reflect to clone the vdisk to a physical hard drive in a sata caddy. –  JohnyV Aug 9 '10 at 2:20
    
@johnyV no boot from vhd does not require an OS already there, it just boots the vhd as a filesystem. –  tony roth Aug 9 '10 at 17:06

There are various P-to-V and V-to-P utilities on the market. There is more than likely one that can convert a VHD back onto a physical drive.

Outside of that route, you can also setup a VM to mount the VHD along side the RAW physical disk. You can then transfer the VHD to the physical drive with any various partition utility, backup application, etc.

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Here,

on this page you will find two programs, each for x86-32 and x86-64 bit. VHD to Disk

http://forum.sysinternals.com/vhd2disk_topic27311.html

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It can be helpful to describe the solution in more detail, instead of just linking off to external sites. –  Drew Khoury Feb 9 at 22:57
    
Welcome to Server Fault! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, please provide context around links so others will have some idea what it is and why it’s there. If possible summarise or quote the most relevant part of an important link, in case the target site is unreachable or goes permanently offline. –  HBruijn Feb 9 at 23:09
    
Why would I describe the solution when on that page I gave him does it all for you, has instructions and download, Not too much to describe. Any novice can do it. your comment is uncalled for. Here are the instructions. CLICK the link, download the program and it is a Wizard type program. Navigate to the file location, and select it. Then convert it. –  AD G Feb 27 at 5:43
    
As for it going offline-I doubt SYSINTERNALS which was taken over by Microsoft would ever go offline. Obviously the both of you are novices in the computer world. Everyone knows MICROSOFT will not GO OFFLINE or close their business. –  AD G Feb 27 at 5:51

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