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Windows 7: Run partition in VM

16 Aug 2010   #1
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 
Run partition in VM

Anyone know of a way I can run the second windows 7 partition i have on my hard drive in a VM?


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17 Aug 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

What virtualization program are you using? VirtualBox, VMware, Windows Virtual PC, etc.

I am only familiar with VirtualBox (get well soon Kari!), but it's only a matter of GUI in the others.

Add it as a shared folder, and you should be able to access the partition through the Network locations in the VM.
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17 Aug 2010   #3
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

If I understand correctly, you already have a 2nd partition created for Win 7. Delete partition, merge two partitions together, install the virtual pc software of your choice (VirtualBox or VMWare Player) and install your virtual PC.
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17 Aug 2010   #4
Dixon Butz

Win7 x64 X2, Win 8.0 x64, Win8.1 x64, Quad Boot
 
 

I think he has a second win7 install and wants to run it in a VM. I have no idea how. I think it is possible.
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18 Aug 2010   #5
cluberti

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Why not make it a VHD and boot from said VHD? The OP doesn't state the reason for running it in a VM versus native VHD boot, so unless there is a need to access both systems at the same time, VHD boot would be my suggestion.
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18 Aug 2010   #6
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Heres what I have and want:

Main partition; Windows 7
secondary; windows 7

What I want is while running my main partition, to run the secondary one inside a VM. I dont want to turn it into a VHD as I still use it by booting from it directly.
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18 Aug 2010   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cclloyd9785 View Post
Heres what I have and want:

Main partition; Windows 7
secondary; windows 7

What I want is while running my main partition, to run the secondary one inside a VM. I dont want to turn it into a VHD as I still use it by booting from it directly.
Yep, my post covers that: Run partition in VM
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23 Aug 2010   #8
joakim

ubuntu
 
 

How you do it highly depends on the virtualization software. VMWare has a well known bug for physical access on nt6.x, for which you will need a workaround. Either way you risk messing it all up when switching in physical vs virtual environment on the same system..
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