The situation is this:
A friends computer broke and the repair takes 2-8 weeks. I removed the HDD before he sent it to the vendor so he can at least access the data on it while his main computer is being repaired. On the HDD is Windows 7 installed and a few special applications which because of licensing he only had installed on his main computer. Now he needs to work in one of those Applications.
Is it possible to use the physical HDD temporary in a virtual environment (VirtualBox, VMware, ...) while the computer is being repaired and then plug it back in and continue the work on physical hardware? Or do I have to make a detour and use disk2vhd to make a copy and then copy back the data from the vhd to the disk once the hardware is back?