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I need to have a separate area within Windows 7 to have a "backup," as it were, of a directory created on a VM (XP Mode). What are the steps to accomplish this?

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While not a direct answer to your specific question, this may still be a solution.

You can add both machines, 7 and XP, to the same workgroup/network space and allow the sharing of a folder on your Windows 7 machine.

Access the share through the XP VM and copy over anything from XP into the Win 7 share.

In the same respect, you could share a folder on your XP VM and access it from Win 7.

If you need help setting that up, I can provide more details.

In addition, if you configure the network locally (within your machine and it's virtual adapters), I don't believe it will even need to communicate with your router maximizing transfer speeds.

Edit:

http://howtotechtutorials.com/how-to-share-folders-in-windows-7-without-homegroup/

http://kb.seattleu.edu/oit/KnowledgebaseArticle10028.aspx

Noted by BroScience below:

You can't copy files in out of the vm window, you have to use the drives inside the vm. If you look at My Computer in the XP VM, it will show you the drives on your host machine. That's where you copy it. You also don't need a synched folder, just use the shared folder as the primary and it will always be accessible in the vm and in your host OS.

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I went to drag the folder to "Shared Folders," but then was scared away by the "Are you sure you want to MOVE this file..." message. I don't want to move it, no, so I backed out... –  B. Clay Shannon Feb 5 '13 at 18:23
    
You don't have to move it. Moving it deletes the original location data and transfers it to where you supposedly want it. You can instead COPY it by selecting the folder and pressing CTRL-C or right click on it and select copy. Then go to the destination folder and press CTRL-V or right click paste. –  Enigma Feb 5 '13 at 18:25
    
But this doesn't create a link, does it? I want the folder in Windows 7 to always be in synch with the one in XP Mode. –  B. Clay Shannon Feb 5 '13 at 18:33
    
Do you need two distinct copies of said folder? What I am suggesting is effectively a folder synced across both systems or any system on your network for that matter. You choose to either create the base folder in XP or in 7. If it's in 7, you just access the folder via network on the XP VM - you get the contents of the folder as they are on 7. –  Enigma Feb 5 '13 at 18:34
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You can't copy files in out of the vm window, you have to use the drives inside the vm. If you look at My Computer in the XP VM, it will show you the drives on your host machine. That's where you copy it. You also don't need a synched folder, just use the shared folder as the primary and it will always be accessible in the vm and in your host OS. –  BroScience Feb 5 '13 at 18:56
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