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I have a Fedora 16 (x86_64) installation with a Windows 7 (also x64) virtual machine. I have given up trying to get things to work properly on the virtual machine ...
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    Migrating virtual machine->whole disk


    I have a Fedora 16 (x86_64) installation with
    a Windows 7 (also x64) virtual machine.
    I have given up trying to get things to work
    properly on the virtual machine (no sound,
    keyboard shortcut problems, no responses
    in forums etc.), so I have purchased a second
    system, and my hope is to migrate the W7
    VM to a native install, and then have a
    separate native Linux machine free of
    contamination.
    I am interested in advice about the best
    way to do this:
    1. Clone the HD containing the VM, expand
    the VM on one HD to occupy all the space,
    then delete the VM on the other HD. (How?)
    2. Format the new HD with NTFS, copy the
    VM img file to the new HD using dd, expand
    the IMG file to occupy the entire new HD,
    then delete the VM from the original HD.
    I tried to format the new HD using Fedora's
    Disk Utility, but it's complaining about
    misalignment or wanting earrings or not
    paying enough attention to her or something
    like that.
    3. Start over: reinstall from scratch? Is it
    hard to active a Windows 7 install a second
    time?
    4. Other?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas.hedden View Post
    I have a Fedora 16 (x86_64) installation with
    a Windows 7 (also x64) virtual machine.
    I have given up trying to get things to work
    properly on the virtual machine (no sound,
    keyboard shortcut problems, no responses
    in forums etc.), so I have purchased a second
    system, and my hope is to migrate the W7
    VM to a native install, and then have a
    separate native Linux machine free of
    contamination.
    I am interested in advice about the best
    way to do this:
    1. Clone the HD containing the VM, expand
    the VM on one HD to occupy all the space,
    then delete the VM on the other HD. (How?)
    2. Format the new HD with NTFS, copy the
    VM img file to the new HD using dd, expand
    the IMG file to occupy the entire new HD,
    then delete the VM from the original HD.
    I tried to format the new HD using Fedora's
    Disk Utility, but it's complaining about
    misalignment or wanting earrings or not
    paying enough attention to her or something
    like that.
    3. Start over: reinstall from scratch? Is it
    hard to active a Windows 7 install a second
    time?
    4. Other?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Tom
    VmWare have a white paper describing a V2P migration, but I've never used it and you don't say what virtualization solution you are using.

    I would go for number 3. Even, if you managed to V2P your vm, you would almost certainly have to re-activate as all the hardware would have changed (from virtualized to physical)

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