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Good way to store physical files to VHD

May 14, 2010 at 2:55 PM
Edited May 14, 2010 at 3:47 PM


can someone give me a hint what is a good way to copy files from physical harddrive to a .vhd file? (Maybe I have missed an example.)

What I need is a file including contents (for sure), but also attributes and security settings. (Actually a clone of the file.)


I tried this so far:




                                DiscUtils.Ntfs.NtfsFileSystem fs =
                                string sFileName = @"Test.txt";

                                FileAttributes fileAttributes = File.GetAttributes(sFileName);
                                System.Security.AccessControl.FileSecurity fileSecurity = File.GetAccessControl(sFileName);
                                byte[] fileContent = File.ReadAllBytes(sFileName);

                                using (Stream stream = fs.OpenFile(sFileName, FileMode.Create))
                                    stream.Write(fileContent, 0, fileContent.GetLength(0));
                                    fs.SetAttributes(sFileName, fileAttributes);
                                    //fs.SetSecurity(sFileName, fileSecurity.);


My idea was to Create file in VHD, copy all contents. Afterwards read all attributes/security and set them.

The right way?