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Does anybody know if it is possible to run my existing windows installation in linux via VMWare? the only information I have managed to find online involves installing a fresh ...
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    Running an existing installation in VMWare?


    Does anybody know if it is possible to run my existing windows installation in linux via VMWare? the only information I have managed to find online involves installing a fresh OS using VMWare and then running that, whereas I want to access the other OS on my dual-boot machine. Can it be done?
    Thanks

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    Not that I've ever heard of, but VMware can use a physical hard disk instead of just a virtual one. You could try creating a new VM and setting up it's drive to match the partition you are currently installed to. I'd back up before trying though.

    Another possibility is creating a clone of your partition and recreating it in a virtual disk. That would be safer.

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    Thanks, I'm morbidly short on disk space at the moment but when I get my external HD I'll back it up and give it a go.

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    i had seen an addon for vmware called "p2v assistant", which converts physical os's to virtual machines..:

    http://www.vmware.com/products/p2v/

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