Real to Virtual Machine with SystemRescueCD

These instructions describe how to backup a real machine and restore it on a VMWare virtual machine using SystemRescueCD and partimage.

Create the SystemRescueCD

First, download the SystemRescueCD ISO from and burn it onto a CD. These instructions are based on version 0.4.2.

Preparing to Backup

Before you start the backup process, you need to decide where you will backup.

In my case, I plan to install VMWare on the same hardware, then restore the “old machine” as a VM on that hardware. This will allow me to continue using my old system, until I've converted everything to the new system. So, I used parted to re-size my current partition, and create a new one where I'll store the backup (and the VM when I'm done).

Backup the Real Machine

Now, we need to backup the real machine.

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linux/real_to_virtual_machine.txt · Last modified: 2020/06/01 22:53 (external edit)