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crashnburn -> XP: Physical to Virtual Machine & Share Boot Drive w Host? Best way? (31.May2012 6:16:22 AM)

XP: Physical to Virtual Machine & Share Boot Drive w Host?

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My Thinkpad X61T with recent 8GB DDR2 Upgrade:

I have an XP Pro 3 instance on a HDD able to use 2.99 GB RAM. I can backup bunch of data files to make size smaller.

I have a Win 7 x64 instance on another HDD that can use most of the 8GB RAM.

Now, I'd like to do two things:

1. Virtualize the XP instance and create a Virtual Disk/ Virtual Machine, with all of the Programs & Settings intact.

2. Run this XP on top of Win 7 x64 Host and "Slowly" Migrate Files/ Settings/ MetaData etc. from GUEST XP to HOST machine.

I'd prefer to be able to SHARE "the C: or Boot Drive" between the GUEST & HOST machines (as it is mounted/ running) and be able to COPY some Specific Files/Folders using ROBOCOPY/ RICHCOPY to maintain attributes that could/ easily get lost with any other copy method.

Thoughts/ suggestions, experiences, comparative reviews on using Software/ Tools out of the above listed page and how could go about doing both the things.

Please do let me know. Thanks.

UPDATE:

I've used VMWare and Virtual PC a LOT in the past, but not used in a long time. I know some functionality for items 1 & 2 exist but wanted to get a comparative idea between the various options LISTED in the Link OR UNLISTED that EXPERTS can suggest.
I guess I was a little out of touch when I realized so many products existed just to do P to V. I remember only VMWare had that for a while.

For me the ability to "share" & "copy" these files is critical. PS: Also, I may or may not have enough storage on the Win 7 x64 drive so I'll have to run the guest VM from a USB 2.0 HDD. Would that work okay?

PS: What are the pros vs cons of V2HD vs VMWare? (Given the updated specifics of my scenario)




Scott Lowe -> RE: XP: Physical to Virtual Machine & Share Boot Drive w Host? Best way? (31.Jul.2012 11:13:16 PM)

I think you'll find this to be a somewhat involved task. Your first task will be to virtualize the XP instance that you have using a P2V tool such as VMware Converter. Once it's fully virtualized, you'll install Windows 7 as a clean installation on your laptop. Once that's done, install VMware Workstation and copy the XP virtual machine to it.

You will need a second machine temporarily for this process to work, but it's doable.

Scott




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