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I have Ubuntu installed on my HDD and I want to run it as a VM from inside my windows 8 which is also installed on that computer (different HDD).

Is that possible? (And what VM software should I use?)

Please notice: I saw the Disk2vhd software and it is not what I want, I want that the files changed in the VM would be saved and when I boot into the Ubuntu it would work.

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why? (15 char atleast..) –  Dan Barzilay Jul 2 '13 at 14:25
    
@Ramhound - It is absolutely possible. Has been for around 5-7 years. –  nerdwaller Jul 2 '13 at 14:51

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  • You can use VirtualBox, it's free and cross-platform.
  • I suggest you do use disk2vhd. After you create the VM files will be changes and saved, so no problem there.

    Edit: I think I've got your problem wrong. Automatically updating the HDD with Ubuntu via the VM software (any kind; I'm 99% sure) is impossible.

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The easiest solution is to use Virtualbox and create a "raw VMDK" using the built it command VBoxManage. This should work booting Linux from Windows or Vice-Versa.

  1. Install Virtualbox
  2. Make sure the commands are added to your system PATH (I think this is automatic)
  3. Open a CMD/Terminal (as admin/sudo)
  4. To list your discs (use this to make sure you get the right ones) use VBoxManage internalcommands listpartitions -rawdisk _____ _ = Windows: \.\PhysicalDrive# (0,1,2,etc). Linux: /dev/sdX (a,b,c, etc.).
  5. Now make the vmdk: VBoxManage internalcomands createrawvmdk -filename /path/to/file.vmdk -rawdisk \\.\PhysicalDrive# -partitions X,Y -relative (could exclude partitions for the whole disk).

Now load that up in Virtualbox.

Sometimes you run into errors and have to try it again, or it may take a bit more research. But that is the overall gist for you.

Take a look through the Virtualbox Manual Chapter 09, specifically the heading "Access to individual physical hard disk partitions".

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