Converter Standalone supports disk-based cloning, volume-based cloning, and linked-cloning modes.

Table 1. Cloning Modes

Data Copy Types

Application

Description

Volume based

Copy volumes from the source machine to the destination machine.

Volume-based cloning is relatively slow. File-level cloning is slower than block-level cloning. Dynamic disks are converted into basic volumes on the target virtual machine.

Disk based

Create copies of the powered off source machines, for all types of basic and dynamic disks.

You cannot select which data to copy. Disk-based cloning is faster than volume-based cloning.

Linked clone

Use to quickly check compatibility of VMware images.

Linked cloning is the fastest (but incomplete) cloning mode that Converter Standalone supports.