How to clone VMDK to physical disk
As virtual machines provide secure sandbox environments for testing and development, in practice, there is occasionally a need for virtual machine conversions. For example, converting a physical machine to a virtual machine for further testing, or converting a virtual machine to a physical machine for better performance.
If you are using VMware products, you may want to clone VMDK to physical disk. However, currently the V2P conversions are not ideal. Since there is almost no native approach, most times it is achieved by third-party software such as Clonezilla, and is still likely to fail. Therefore, it is very essential to perform virtual machine backups in advance.
Today in this article, I will introduce a simpler tool AOMEI Backupper to clone VMDK to physical disk, not just for the VM conversions (P2V, V2V) features, but also for its ability of backing up systems, partitions, disks, and files.
Next, I will demonstrate how to use AOMEI Backupper to clone VMDK to physical disk without an operating system. You can click the button below to download the free trail.
How to clone VMDK to physical disk using AOMEI Backupper
1. Install AOMEI Backupper on your virtual machine. Open it and navigate to Backup > System Backup.
2. Select a destination path to store the backup file, as AOMEI Backupper will select the system and boot partitions as source by default. Click Start Backup.
3. Navigate to Tools > Create Bootable Media.
4. In the pop-up window, select Windows PE – Create bootable disc based on Windows PE option and click Next.
5. Plug in a USB flash drive and select bootable media as USB Boot Device, click Next to make a bootable USB device.
6. Use the USB flash drive to boot the physical machine which has no operating system.
AOMEI Backupper will pop up automatically, then navigate to Restore tab and click Select Image File.
7. Specify the system backup you just created on the virtual machine, click OK to continue.
8. Select Restore this system backup option, and check Restore system to other location below, click Next to continue.
9. Select a destination partition, and click Start Restore to execute the task.
If you want to clone or convert VMDK to physical disk without an operating system, third-party software can help you while there’s basically no native approach. In this article, I introduced how to use AOMEI Backupper to clone VMDK to physical disk on Windows PC.
But if you are a Windows Server user, you will need to use the AOMEI Backupper Server Edition specially designed for Windows Server users.