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I have a virtual Debian installation with VMWare Player on Windows 7 x64.. Since i have made already some modifications, i want to 'copy' this installation inside a partition to have a real Debian installation with dual boot along Win 7

It is possible?

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Nobody will recommend doing this, but yes its possible. It may or may not work. –  Akshat Mittal Jun 20 '12 at 9:53
    
Ok thank you, but How? –  WiS3 Jun 20 '12 at 9:58

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I am gonna Tell you the Simplest way, but other ways are also possible (I have listed them to the End)

Requirements: You Should have Some space on you HDD to hold the image created (Later Explanation to it).
Clonezilla ISO file (download it from clonezilla.org)

Procedure:

Attach your Physical Disk (or partition) to your Virtual Machine, For that.. 1 Then
2 Then
Make sure you select the correct drive that you want to use for your physical disk(The one on which to Restore VM to) and select the option Use entire disk(Or partitions if you want to Restore to a partition)
3 Then
Name the File and Continue..
4

Now

Attach the Clonezilla ISO to the VM and Boot from it.
(If you know how to use Clonezilla to Resote a local disk to disk then Do the same, else I am gonna Explain it Below)
As it boots, Select Clonezilla Live, then Select your Preferred language.
Then Choose "Start Clonezilla" 5
Then Select "device-device" option and continue 6
Then choose Beginner Mode and continue 7
Then Select "disk_to_local_disk" 8
Then select your Virtual Disk9
Then at last Choose your Physical disk10

NOW LASTLY YOU JUST NEED TO MODIFY THE BOOTLOADER (Which I cant Explain now)
This Process can be Explained at
http://www.howtoforge.com/converting-a-vmware-image-to-a-physical-machine-p2

Other usefull Links:
http://www.vmware.com/support/v2p/index.html
http://www.acronis.com/articles/v2p/
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/convert-use-your-physical-machine-in-vmware-virtualbox-virtual-pc/

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Wow, thank you so much! –  WiS3 Jun 20 '12 at 19:24

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