Disk2vhd is a utility that can create live "snapshots" of Windows volumes, allowing you to duplicate/backup systems while running. The program creates Virtual Hard Disk files (.VHD, Microsoft's Virtual Machine disk format) from physical disks and can be used in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs).
The program uses Windows' own Volume Snapshot capability added starting with WinXP to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is saved to a different disk than ones being converted).
|System Requirements:||WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8|
|Writes settings to:||Application folder, and a single registry key as with all Sysinternal applications.|
|How to extract:||Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch disk2vhd.exe.|
Checker on 2014-07-06 10:37
@ Midas: Thanks ... and updated ;)
Hawk on 2014-07-09 12:27
Wrong download link. This is the correct: http://download.sysinternals.com/files/Disk2vhd.zip
Midas on 2014-07-09 13:33See all 9›
It was http://download.sysinternals.com/Files/Disk2vhd.zip -- it's unusual for MS to have a case sensitive path. Changed.
TestDisk is a powerful drive and data recovery software that is designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again. This can be caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses, or of course human error (such as accidentally deleting your partition table).
The program is cross-platform with recovery tools for a long list file systems and includes the also-portable recovery software PhotoRec.
Note: Use with caution; it's recommended that you read the documentation and take your time. The software can easily made dramatic and difficult-to-reverse system modifications.
|System Requirements:||Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7|
|Writes settings to:||None|
|How to extract:||Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch testdisk_win.exe.|
|What's new?||see http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_6.14_Release|
Specular on 2014-02-21 03:08
Seriously great utilities. Helped recover several GBs of files from an external drive that became unrecognized in Windows.
bzl333 on 2015-02-07 19:44
must be for experts because i had difficult time trying to locate missing/corrupted partition. Problem is it shows partition sector size + start/end sectors and not size in GB so i'm looking at a bunch of numbers that don't mean anything to me compared to usual view of a file explorer or typical partition manager program. Also didn't show partition names for me (like WinXP C:, Media Files D:, etc) except for the linux ones for some reason.
Midas on 2015-02-08 12:48See all 10›
@bzl333: TestDisk is a multi-platform tool, so it has to speak some kind of computing Esperanto -- Linux users would be as puzzled as you are if it was the other way around... so you're right, it's an expert tool, as noted above.
PartitionRecovery is an application to recover the partitions which have been accidentally deleted. It works with FAT32 and NTFS partitions.
|System Requirements:||Win2K / WinXP / Vista|
|Writes settings to:||none|
|How to extract:||Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch it by double-clicking on PartitionRecovery.exe.|
linuxamp on 2007-11-30 21:21
Not much help if you're trying to recover your unbootable Windows partition unless you have another Windows PC from which to run this Windows app.
Marc on 2007-12-02 01:05
The Tools doesn't work. It generates a C++ error and the author doesn't react on emails
NuLL on 2008-08-22 15:04Add comment 3›
This is a lossy file copying program i.e. it will skip those parts of the file it cannot read without aborting. It is optimized for recovering corrupt video data from CDs. It can be configured to skip a certain number of kbytes on read error, or to keep on trying under the read succeeds.
|System Requirements:||Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista|
|Writes settings to:||None|
|How to extract:||Download the single EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch the program by double-clicking cdcopy.exe.|
Pedro Reyes on 2008-09-18 00:34
HomerJ on 2008-09-29 07:40Add comment 2›
Downloadlink still broken.