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Windows 7: Running real HDD in VM?

01 Dec 2010   #1
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
Running real HDD in VM?

My laptop is dual booted on Windows 7 Professional x64 and Debian Linux x64. Windows 7 is running on an NTFS file system, while Linux is on (I think) an ext4 journaling file system. Is it possible to set up a VM to boot from the other OS such that I could run Windows 7 in Debian? I would assume that there would be massive driver complications as a result though.

Just in case for whatever reason anyone wants/needs to know the specs:

8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM
Intel Core i7 740 QM
500 GB 7200 RPM HDD
ATI Radeon HD 5650 1 GB GDDR3
15.6 inch touch-screen (I'm hoping that this will work with the setup as well).

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04 Dec 2010   #2

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
You could of course use a Virtual Machine in Debian so you could have Windows 7 as a VM in Debian. Use Vmware (linux version) or Vbox. There normally is NO problem running Windows as a VM on Linux. You will need to install a valid copy of windows under Linux as XP mode won't work.

Incidentally reading / writing NTFS files on Linux hasn't been a problem for years -- and if you say want to access the LINUX files from W7 not use something like SAMBA.


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