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Windows 7: VIRTUAL MACHINE ~ Can Guest OS become Infected Through Host OS ? ? ?

05 Jan 2013   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
It's an external drive enclosure with a HDD in it that can be connected to the computer via eSATA, USB 3.0, or USB 2.0.

It shows up like any other HDD when manually connected and turned on.


When you plug these in regardless of the format (eSATA, USB 3.0, or USB 2.0) do they boot up as independent OS (without association of any other drives or OS) or do they piggyback off of another (main) drive/OS?


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05 Jan 2013   #12
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It's just treated as any other removable hard drive.

You connect it and turn it on, Windows will recognize it, then the drive is available in the Computer window like any other hard drive.
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05 Jan 2013   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
It's just treated as any other removable hard drive.

You connect it and turn it on, Windows will recognize it, then the drive is available in the Computer window like any other hard drive.


So you never boot from it ..simply acts like another memory storage HDD ..correct?
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05 Jan 2013   #14
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Correct.
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06 Jan 2013   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Understood .. much thanks
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06 Jan 2013   #16
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome. Please let us know how it goes.
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15 Mar 2013   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DUNKY View Post
Thanks Shawn,

I'm mainly trying to utilize a virtual machine for the purposes of having one OS used for everyday common use and the other strictly for sensitive financial and commerce related usage .. ex. paying bills.

I want to keep it secure without it getting compromised. I'm not certain whether it's worth having a dual boot configuration on separate drives or going via the Virtual Machine route.


If that's ALL you are doing in the VM, turn off ALL caching for while online. That will help.

Unless you don't mind tossing HD space, I'd go toss ANY part of the OS that is not NEEDED, then redo the drive info, and make the drive a little more than you NEED. [Fonts take up space, music, many apps that come in the OS] Maybe add encryption to the VM files, internally & externally.
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