Creating VM from backup or real disc

Discussion in 'Paragon Drive Backup Product Line' started by LittleGreyCat, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Registered Member

    Jun 22, 2014
    I am migrating a system from Vista to W8.1 and would like to be able to still boot Vista in a virtual environment in emergencies.

    I also have other legacy systems where I would like to retire the hardware but retain the OS for the occasional boot in a virtual environment.

    I would also like to be able to boot a pVHD backup in a virtual environment to check it out without wiping and restoring the original system.

    Does Paragon provide a free tool for this?

    If not, which is the most cost effective option?

    Google is confusing because it refers to a free version but I can't find a current release.
    Also, a number of different Paragon products seem to offer this feature.


  2. Robin A.

    Robin A. Registered Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    Backup & Recovery 2014 Free:

    You could check the virtual capabilities of Hard Disk Manager Suite and Pro, to see if they suit your needs. Or, if you prefer a certain virtual environment (Hyper-V, VMware, VirtualBox), you could check if these programs support it for the operations you want to perform.

    You can compare products here: But to evaluate the real capabilities of a program, I think the best route is to download the trial version and try it.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2014