How do I take an image of a windows 98 machine?

By pmccallum2004 ·
I have a software release engineer that is currently running 8 computers- one with xp, one with 2000, one 98/2, one 98, one nt, one 95...etc
I would like to turn theese machines into virtual machines, but can not find software that can take an image of theese older machines.
Live state will not run on anything older than 2k, and VMWare is the same.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks a bunch!

Patrick McCallum

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by Dumphrey In reply to How do I take an image of ...

supports Win98, the problem with Win98 is that most early versions booted off of a floppy to install. If you hava working box of win 98 you can try p2v.exe from vmware, its free, not sure how well it works though.

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First thing is taking any image will be useless

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to How do I take an image of ...

As the necessary drivers for the Virtual Machine will no be present so those images will not work.

You also need to remember that NT requires a HDD with 1022 Cylinders and will not allow any more to be utilised so you may have some problems getting NT to work even in a VM.

What you can try is use Ghost or something similar to clone the drive and then clone this to the VM and do a repair install and maybe that may work but you are going to need a lot of HDD space.

Depending on the VM Software that you are using this may not even be possible but as you have said nothing to make anyone think otherwise you can try that and hope for the best. If you need a copy of Ghost Herin's has a version available for download on a Bootable CD here

I don't know if it will work but it's at least worth a try.


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Taking images is not necessarily usless...

by Miyamoto Musashi In reply to First thing is taking any ...

If you use an imaging program such as Norton Ghost or Acronis' True Image, the issue you run into is after you restore the image to the VM. New OS' deal with new hardware much better than the 9x class of OS (I.E.: 2000 and XP Pro). there is one solution that I have found that seems to work much better than either of the two that I have mentioned. That is Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery. It has a feature that allows a "bare metal" restore to dissimilar hardware. Although, I have run into the same issue with 98se that certain or the VMware Server "hardware devices" aren't recognized. After a little massaging, I was able to remedy that issue. The biggest drawback to Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery is it is expensive.

I do agree with a previous post that installing from the original media is the best/easiest way to minimize/eliminate problems.

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