2009-04-04

How to convert VDI to VMDK; Converting a VirtualBox image to a VMware disk image and vice versa

You need the QEMU emulator software package
aptitude install qemu

in order to execute this command
qemu-img convert VirtualBox-HardDisk-image.vdi -O vmdk VMware-virtual-machine-image.vmdk


You should keep in mind that you might get an IDE VMware disk image in this way but a SCSI hard disk image is recommended by VMware for more I/O performance.

Just type
qemu-img

to get all supported formats which you can supply as the -O parameter. It is also possible to convert a VMDK to a VDI hard disk image. To convert a VMware image to a VirtulBox image, you have to use the qemu-img-vdi command which you can get by patching QEMU.
Afterwards you may execute this command:
qemu-img-vdi convert VMware-hard-disk-image.vmdk -O VDI VirtualBox-image.vdi

6 comments:

  1. Hi!!!! Nice Stuff but .vmdk is not working in the VMWare Player or VMWare Workstation
    it's ask .vmx formate.... what can i do ...

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  2. great tutorial, its very useful. thanks brother.

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  3. Anonymous7.1.10

    Hey Guys, came across this post on google among many others that say it can only be done via linux. Not so...
    For windows ppl the command is:
    vboxmanage clonehd [path to .vmdk] [path\name of new .vdi] --format VDI

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  5. VDI to VMDK did not work for me. Its creating just a blank disk. I found the correct way to convert vdi to vmdk which is working fine.
    Read more here http://www.sysprobs.com/convert-vdi-vmdk-open-sun-virtualbox-virtual-machine-vmware-player-workstation

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  6. Check out SmartVDK from SmartDeploy, http://www.smartdeploy.com/System/Download.aspx?pid=3&rid=9

    SmartVDK converts from .vhd, .vmdk, .vdi. or .hdd to any of these formats and its free for non-commercial use.

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