How to run Acronis bootable partition backup as virtual machine in VMware Workstation

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Introduction

Acronis True Image iconDo you have a bootable partition with operating system stored in Acronis True Image TIB backup file and you need to run any software from system stored in the backup, or you need to copy documents, photos or other data from backup?

Acronis operating system backups can be run in virtualization applications like VMware Workstation. However, it requires a few steps before you can do so and we will show you how to do it.
 

Content of the article:

Converting Acronis TIB backup file to Microsoft VHD Virtual Hard Drive file

Acronis backup solutions use proprietary disk image and archive format that has TIB file extension. Data in TIB files can be compressed, encrypted and protected with password.

First thing you need to do, is to convert the TIB image to VHD Virtual Hard Drive format.

Older versions of TIB files created by Acronis True Image version 10 and 11 (released in 2006 and 2007) can be converted by the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone directly to VMDK disk format.

Download and install the Acronis True Image to your computer. It is available as a trial that works 30 days after installation.

Acronis True Image backup software
Acronis True Image main window
 

Start True Image. Click on Tools and utilities tab. Scroll down by the list of tools and select Acronis backup conversion option.

Acronis True Image tools and utilities
Acronis True Image tools
 

Select the backup archive from the table, or click on Browse button and select .tib file from any other directory and click on Next button.

Acronis True Image conversion tool
Acronis True Image conversion tool select .tib file
 

Select location for new VHD file and click on Next button.

Acronis True Image select location
Acronis True Image conversion tool select destination
 

In the summary window click on Proceed button.

Acronis True Image conversion summary
Acronis True Image conversion tool summary
 

Wait till the conversion will be finished.

Converting VHD Virtual Hard Drive to VMware VMDK Virtual Machine Disk format

VMware Workstation is not able to use VHD disk format as a virtual drive for its virtual machines, but with free StarWind V2V Image Converter you can simply transform VHD disk to VMware VMDK file format.

Start V2V Image Converter and Click on Next button. Select source file, in our case converted TIB backup.

Starwind V2V Image Converter select source
V2V Image Converter select source
 

Select new image format, in our case VMWare growable image.

StarWind V2V Image Converter select disk image format
V2V Image Converter select image format
 

Virtual disk type set as a SCSI drive.

StarWind V2V Image Converter virtual disk type
V2V Image Converter select kind of disk
 

Select output destination and name. Click on Next button and wait till the conversion will be finished.

Start V2V Image Converter select output
V2V Image Converter select output
 

Create a new virtual machine in VMware Workstation

Now you have prepared bootable virtual disk for VMware Workstation. Open VMware Workstation and  select File menu → New Virtual Machine option. WMware will open the New Virtual Machine Wizard.

VMware Workstation create new virtual machine
VMware Workstation create new virtual machine
 

Select Advanced option.

VMware Workstation virtual machine wizard
VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard
 

Select Virtual Machine compatibility (virtual machine features).

VMware Virtual Machine Wizard virtual machine hardware compatibility
VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard hardware compatibility
 

Select I will install the operating system later option.

VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard guest OS
VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard guest operating system
 

Select guest operating system.

VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard select OS
VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard select OS
 

Set the virtual machine name and location.

VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard set name and location
VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard set name and location
 

Set processor configuration.

VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard processor settings
VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard processor settings
 

Set memory size.

VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard set memory size
VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard set memory size
 

Set network type.

VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard network settings
VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard network settings
 

Select I/O controller type to LSI Logic SAS.

VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard controller settings
VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard controller settings
 

Select Use an existing virtual disk option and select the .vmdk file from your hard drive.

VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard select disk
VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard select disk
 

You can read a review of new virtual machine and click on Finish button.

VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard summary window
VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Wizard summary window

And that's it. Click on Power on this virtual machine option and wait until the system will boot.

VMware Workstation power on virtual machine
New Virtual Machine ready to power on

Related software and links:

Acronis True Image icon

Acronis True Image    Microsoft Windows platform
A popular backup software solution for Windows

 

StarWind V2V Converter    Microsoft Windows platform
A virtual hard drive disk converter

 
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone icon

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone    Microsoft Windows platform
Converter for virtual machines

 
VMware Workstation icon

VMware Workstation    Microsoft Windows platform
VMware Workstation is application used to create computer virtual machines in one hosting operating system.

 

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