How to convert Hyper-V dynamic disk to fixed disk

Problem

Using fixed disk is one of best practices of Hyper-V deployment. It leads to 1) Less likely to fragment and better space management 2) Better performance by roughly 10% to 15%.

Step by Step Guide

1) Open Windows Hyper-V Manager

2) Turn off the Virtual Machine whose disk file you want to concert

Right click Virtual Machine name and select "Turn Off".

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3) Right-click the Virtual Machine and select 'Settings...'

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4) Select the Virtual Machine's hard drive and click 'Edit'

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5) Select 'Convert' and click 'Next'

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6) Input the path to which you want output fixed disk file, and click 'Next'.

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7) Click 'Finish' to start conversion

If the host server installed IDE SATA disk, it takes about 1 hour to convert a 40G disk file. The time will increase proportionally, if the disk file is larger

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