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Hello, I am using vmware server 1.0.4.56528 and I just wanted to know how harmful that feature can be. I want to use vmware to test distros on a spare ...
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    [vmware] Using physical disk/partition


    Hello,

    I am using vmware server 1.0.4.56528 and I just wanted to know how harmful that feature can be. I want to use vmware to test distros on a spare partition.

    VMWare warns me about using physical drives instead of image files, and overall, it seems a really inmature feature. I can't figure out how the partitions are ordered, I just get a list with partition 0 to partition 7, the ordering seems not to be the same of fdisk -l, and some of the partitions have the same size, so, I have no clue at all which is each one, and I don't want to risk foobaring a important partition.

    If anyone knows anything about this, it would probe helpful.

    Thanks in advance for any tip.

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    test distros on a spare partition
    In general, using one partition on an active disk is probably not a good idea. If you can't give the whole disk to VMWare, you are probably better off making this spare partition XFS in the host OS and let VMWare create a VMDK on it for the guest OS.

    And if you not sure about it, using a VMDK will be much safer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HROAdmin26 View Post
    In general, using one partition on an active disk is probably not a good idea. If you can't give the whole disk to VMWare, you are probably better off making this spare partition XFS in the host OS and let VMWare create a VMDK on it for the guest OS.

    And if you not sure about it, using a VMDK will be much safer.
    That's the feeling I had. Thanks for confirming it.

    The main reason I want to do it that way, is to install distros for testing purposes from my Gentoo environment, so then I can boot into them normaly if I wish. But using that method wouldn't be of any help for that purpose.

    So, I basically have three options:

    -buy a cheap harddrive for this, which is probably the best bet
    -use an image file, which wouldn't serve my purpose
    -don't use vmware and test as usual, by rebooting once and again

    Thanks for the response.

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