How to load a MRIMG (Macrium Image) into VMware Player?

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  1. rumpelstilzchen

    rumpelstilzchen Registered Member

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    Hi all member of this forum!


    I'm trying VMPlayer 3.1.4 on Vista:
    This application is able to Open entire OS images from:
    VMware (vmx)
    Virtual PC (vmc)
    Symantec backUp (sv2i)
    StorageCraft (spf)
    Acronis True Image (tib)

    but not MRIMG from Macrium Reflect 4.2 :-(

    I have an image MRIMG of my VistaOS.
    I have the Macrium's Boot CD.

    I'd to create a new virtual machine with my VistaOS (guestOS = hostOS).
    But I'm not able to load the MRIMG image into VmPlayer :-(

    VMPlayer People wrote:
    If the Macrium boot CD can recognize a Player hard disk you may be able to create a new virtual machine in player and use the boot CD to restore directly.
    he Linux CD/ISO Image does recognize VMware SCSI Disks and NICs and can be used to restore an image to a Virtual Machine. The program also has a BartPE Plugin as well. So I see no reason why this product cannot be used to restore images to a Virtual Machine.

    Macrium Support wrote to me:

    "If VMPlayer emulates a standard IDE/Sata hdd interface, then yes the
    Macrium
    boot CD will work out of the box for you. Otherwise, there is the option to
    inject drivers (in this case VMPlayer mass storage drivers) into the Macrium
    boot CD."

    I'm newbie and dont know what to do. I dont understand.
    They say that this is possible...I guess this were a wonderful workaround.
    (Otherwise booth Macrium&VMPlayer become useless for me)

    Does VMPlayer emulates a IDE/Sata HDD interface?
    How to inject "VMPlayer mass storage drivers" into the boot cd?

    I'd be very gratefull to you, if you may want to help me with "easier
    suggestions", how to get this kind of workaround.

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    Best Regards.
     
  2. Sully

    Sully Registered Member

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    I can get the boot cds and plugin to work in VM, but have not been able to restore a macrium image of my real hardware on my VM yet. It likely only requires some prepping of the system prior to creating the image, similar to sysprep stuff. Same goes for VHD, can't restore to it either.

    Sul.
     
  3. rumpelstilzchen

    rumpelstilzchen Registered Member

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    Thanks for your reply and for trying.

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  4. rumpelstilzchen

    rumpelstilzchen Registered Member

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    Does VMPlayer handle vhd files?
     
  5. rumpelstilzchen

    rumpelstilzchen Registered Member

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    Macrium wrote:
    The reason your system is not booting is because you need a different mass storage driver early on in the booting process. It is almost definitely installed as VM's do not emulate exotic hardware. However, it will need to be enabled.

    my question:
    the vhd from the utility is regognized. ok. but how to set vmplayer to get the Vista booting process working?
     
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