Booting into a Virtual Machine from a physical installation
(there are a lot of similar questions but I did not find one which seems to fit my scenario):
I have a PC with
Windows XPinstalled on Partition 1,
Ubuntu 12.10Linux on Partition 2 and
- data (files) on Partition 3 (NTFS).
I'd like to use Ubuntu Linux as the main OS which is booted directly and I would like to use Windows XP in a Virtual Machine (with Freeware like VMWare Player, Virtual Box ...) but I'd like to have the possibility to also directly boot Windows XP from Partition 1.
So: is it possible to use Partition one as the main hard drive for a virtual machine as well as for dual boot alternately?
This seems to be possible with VMWare Workstation (see here: http://superuser.com/a/70003/92184) which however is not free AFAIK - would it also be possible with a Freeware Virtual Machine?