I've successfully done this in the past using the qemu-img tool.
In fact, it can go from raw disk to vmdk and back...
I booted using a liveCD, mounted a network partition, and then used dd to
create a raw image of the drive on the network. Left it run overnight.
Then next day I ran qemu-img on it.
The following page has some details on using qemu-img:
On Wed, 21 May 2008, Darragh wrote:
>> I need to vertualize an installation of OpenSuSE 10.3 for use in VMWare.
>> I've heard of something called the VMWare converter however finding a download for this seems to be impossible!
>> I also thought of using Symantec Ghost to make a backup of it but this seems equally as impossible unless I could take the drive out of the machine. And that's not an option at the moment.
>> Any suggestions very greatfully appreciated.
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