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Windows 7: Install VM on second hd with no operating system- possible?

15 Apr 2015   #1
Joe Golden

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Install VM on second hd with no operating system- possible?

With a second 240 gig HD, no operating system, will a VM install and run? Thanks!


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15 Apr 2015   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What you can do is to have e.g. VMware Player installed with the OS but then put the virtual systems on the other disk. Each virtual system is just a folder. I run 6 virtual systems that way from an external SSD. Here is a tutorial on how to install and operate those systems.


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15 Apr 2015   #3
dwarfer66

 

Exactly what I do myself.
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16 Apr 2015   #4
Joe Golden

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
What you can do is to have e.g. VMware Player installed with the OS but then put the virtual systems on the other disk. Each virtual system is just a folder. I run 6 virtual systems that way from an external SSD. Here is a tutorial on how to install and operate those systems.


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Thank you! I had chores to do today but now i'm back on the project. I think i got it just like you said, installed VM on my c:drive and made VM folders on my external SSD.

I tried to load a clean install of 10056. It loaded but the start screen hangs then non function almost everything. maybe i have a bad 10056 build? Anyway i have a 10041 iso i'll try later.
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16 Apr 2015   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Let us know whether the 10041 worked or whether there is a bigger problem. I had the 10041 working and now the 10049 works with that same setup.
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16 Apr 2015   #6
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Most people on this forum know what you're talking about but there may be a few that don't. You really should be more specific that you are trying to install Win 10 build 10041 and 10056 in a VM so that everyone is on the same page. It probably would be OK if we were discussing this on the Win 10 forum but since this in the Win 7 forum there may be some that aren't following Win 10.

As to your original question, absolutely. My main drive is an ssd so I don't want to use up it's limited space with VMs so I have all my VMs on a secondary drive (hdd) with lots more space.

You can use an external as WHS suggests but you will take somewhat of a performance hit which may or may not be acceptable to you.
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16 Apr 2015   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
You can use an external as WHS suggests but you will take somewhat of a performance hit which may or may not be acceptable to you.
If you use a SSD on USB3 or eSata, the performance hit is negligible.
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16 Apr 2015   #8
Joe Golden

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Most people on this forum know what you're talking about but there may be a few that don't. You really should be more specific that you are trying to install Win 10 build 10041 and 10056 in a VM so that everyone is on the same page. It probably would be OK if we were discussing this on the Win 10 forum but since this in the Win 7 forum there may be some that aren't following Win 10.

As to your original question, absolutely. My main drive is an ssd so I don't want to use up it's limited space with V
Ms so I have all my VMs on a secondary drive (hdd) with lots more space.

You can use an external as WHS suggests but you will take somewhat of a performance hit which may or may not be acceptable to you.
I do appoligize for the error of my ways. I was non specific on purpose. If readers couldnot understand my "shorthand", i figured they would not be able to answer my question anyway. Again i appoligize for my error.

Last night i did move my external ssd to an internal hd with a sata 6 connection. I was concerned about the very thing you mentioned.

I'm trying to save space on my c:drive. Adding folders to my P: hd is going to solve my storage problem.
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16 Apr 2015   #9
Joe Golden

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Let us know whether the 10041 worked or whether there is a bigger problem. I had the 10041 working and now the 10049 works with that same setup.
Win 10 10041 pree release build works perfeci in my VM. Is there a way i can i can update win 10041 with win 10 build 10056?
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16 Apr 2015   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am waiting for 10056 also. It will come eventually or one of the 1006x builds.
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