VMWare - existing XP Drive

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Fri Nov 16 01:05:29 UTC 2007

On 11/15/2007 04:30 PM, Rapael Morcha wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 12:40:40AM +0100, Hugo Heden wrote:
>> On Nov 15, 2007 11:13 PM, NoOp <glgxg at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>>> I finally got enough memory for the 2.4Ghz machine and now have
>>> 1.2Gb of mem in it. The machine has two 40Gb hard drives: Ubuntu
>>> on 1, WinXPPro on the other. I use the WinXPPro for
>>> troubleshooting & testing.
>>> This works well in a dual-boot config, but can be a PITA when I'm
>>>  troubleshooting multiple customers (one linux, the other
>>> windows) at the same time. So, I'm thinking of giving this a try:
>>> http://www.vmware.com/support/ws55/doc/ws_disk_dualboot.html 
>>> [Configuring a Dual-Boot Computer for Use with a Virtual Machine
>>> Many users install VMware Workstation on a dual-boot or
>>> multiple-boot computer so they can run one or more of the
>>> existing operating systems in a virtual machine. If you are doing
>>> this, you may want to use the existing installation of an
>>> operating system rather than reinstall it in a virtual machine. ]
>> NoOp,
>> Thanks for that link!
>> I just started googling today for the exact same issue:
>> Virtualizing on a existing Windows installation, while keeping the
>> dual boot
> If NoOp meant   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^,
> then I would say that there was no real problem. Everything worked in
> windows and I had no problem. 1.2GB mem should be fine. I was running
> it on 1GB. :-)
> Since you'd be using the vmware workstation, Make sure you select
> proper options. Long words short, steps are at
> http://mazimi.wordpress.com/2007/07/04/run-windows-apps-from-your-existing-windows-partition-in-linux/
> and was also discussed sometime back in this list
> https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-users/2007-February/106325.html.
> You will get BSOD if there are no proper drivers installed in your
> existing Windows installation for scsi devices because your Windows
> now has to use the Vmware scsi drivers instead of its native ones as
> it is being hosted in virtual environment -
> http://mazimi.wordpress.com/2007/06/24/virtualization-of-an-existing-physical-partition-of-windows-within-linux/
> (very important!)
> Other than that, I had no issues using existing windows installation
> from Ubuntu in Vmware. Goodluck!


I note the instructions advise using Automatix... I'll avoid that for
the time being & give https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VMware/Server
a shot instead. I understand that Automatix are more closely sync'ing
with Ubuntu mainstream, but I'm still a little gun shy of Automatix.

I'll try to remember to report back on what I manage to do, or screw up
in a day or two. I want to be sure to fully back up the WinXP drive
before I start - it currently has 24G of stuff on it & the mirror only
has 16G so I'll do some trimming, back it up & give it a go :-)

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