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Running Virtual Machines on USB 3.0 drives

There are some pretty interesting USB 3.0 drives out there in the 'stick' variety, notably from Corsair and Mushkin. I'm wondering if anyone can attest to the performance of VMs on these drives, of ...
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Which disk IO operations are typically executed when working with flat preallocated VMDK

I usually pre-allocate whole disk space when creating my VMs and usually as flat single files. Since I'd like to move my VMDK to a different drive than my primary I would like to put it on one that ...
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Is it safe to use “raw access”-.vdmk for a VM on the same physical disk as the host?

Main question: On a dual boot configuration with Ubuntu and Windows 8, can I use a .vdmk with "Raw Access" to the Ubuntu-Partions as a disk image for VirtualBox on Windows safely? (Safe in principle, ...
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174 views

VirtualBox in Win7: cannot acces external drive from guest Windows7

I have started using VirtualBox in Windows 7 out of curiosity and for testing purposes. (Mainly, I want to test Linux distros and to try and see how Windows works in this environment - so that I might ...
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One VM across multiple partitions

I have a 1TB hard drive which has 3 partitions on it. D: is 250 GB, X: is 300.63 GB and then there was an extra 380.88 GB unused (each is NTFS being used by a Windows 8 OS). X: has a 250 GB VirtualBox ...
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VMware Automation very slow

My PC configuration is i7 3.4 GHZ, 32gb of RAM and With SATA 7200 RPM HDD .. My initial Plan was to automate 10 VM's on this machine , but when i am doing that VMware gets hanged. My Guest VM do not ...
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Virtual lab hardware and HDDs

I have a bulk of HDDs (10) and i want to build virtual lab on Hyper-V.I have gigabyte motherboard on Z77 chipset with 4 sata2 and 2 sata3 ports, and intel build-in RAID controller. Now I am looking ...
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Can you copy files from virtualbox without vbox running?

I got into a big trouble now. My hard disk just kind of "crashed". I get from disks that "DISK IS LIKELY TO FAIL". My main OS is ubuntu, and I am (or was) using a Windows 7 VBOX. When I start ubuntu, ...
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1answer
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Managing disk in a VM

I'm replacing my two old rack servers with a new one that has plenty of power to take over the functionality my current servers. The server is a 4U rack mount with 16 3.5" SAS drive bays, two 2.5" ...
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Running Ubuntu as VM on Windows 8 from HDD

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 ...
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How to use a virtual machine to access an OS from a second HD?

I am going to have a computer with two 1TB hard drives. I plan on using 1 for Linux and the other for Windows. If I am using Linux, is it possible to have a Virtual Machine use the 1TB (windows) disk ...
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How can I increase disk space allocated to my VirtualBox VM?

The basics: I'm running windows and have a VritualBox VM running Ubuntu 12.04 on top of that. I need to increase the disk space allocated from 8 GB to 12 GB. I'm trying to follow along with these ...
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Is it possible to boot a single Linux installation from both inside a VM and as host?

What I am thinking about is, that I'd install a linux on a hard drive to boot it normally. In addition to that, I'd create a VM on Windows, that would use the same raw mapped hard drive. That way I ...
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Temporary use a physical HDD with preinstalled Windows as a Virtual Machine

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 ...
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Virtual Hard disk reducing Performance

I installed an OS on VHD and the performance of OS is horrible. All the 3d transitions and effects are very choppy although I have a Core i7 machine. I created this VHD on Windows 7 Home Premium. I ...
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1answer
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Dump a virtual machine to disk

Is it possible to take the contents of a VM disk and write them directly to a hard drive, so that I can boot off of it and essentially turn the VM to a regular OS installation?
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BSOD while migrating windows xp from physical drive to vhd in virtualbox [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: BSOD trying to migrate Windows XP from a physical to a virtual machine this is not a new topic , i know, but i can't seem to add comments there BSOD trying to migrate ...
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How can I change the hard disk serial number in VirtualBox? [closed]

I'd like to change the hard disk's serial number in VirtualBox. Does anyone know how to do that?
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Use physical harddisk in Virtual Box

Using Virtual Box, how can I install an OS to a secondary, physical disk, and boot it in both (at separate times) Virtual Box, and as a typical secondary OS install?
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1answer
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Zerofree never ends. Is it doing anything?

I have been trying to use zerofree to reduce the size of my VM. It worked fine for one filesystem, but the other was mounted on / so it wouldn't let me. Then I figured I could use the 'recovery ...
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Is it possible to mount an IDE HDD to act as a boot HDD on a virtual machine?

Is it possible to mount an IDEE HDD to act as a boot HDD on a virtual machine? My computer has a SATA drive, and I have connected an IDE (PATA) HDD. Now I need to set that IDE HDD as a boot drive on ...
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Access my stuff on a second harddrive from another computer

Alright, I can't seem to find a good solution to this problem (and I can't quite get my Google search terms right either). I've taken a HD from my old XP computer and plugged it into my computer via ...
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Move virtual machine hard disk to a separate physical hard disk for better performance?

I have a dual-core machine with the host OS and many guest virtual OSs. Although I have 8GB of RAM, I notice a slowdown when I turn some virtual machine on (and it takes only 1GB RAM). I was told ...
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which file type to install my virtual hard disk in while installing a new machine on virtualbox?

I got some options like VHD, VMDK, HDD, and VDI is there a file type that is most commonly used and is supported by most other virtual disk software?
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Raid Enclosures for running VM's

I'm looking at getting a Raid Enclosure for running vm's on. I have noticed that the ones that I have found, only have 1 sata port on the back of them. I'm going to be running the hard drives in ...
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1answer
707 views

What is a benefit of using separate HDD / RAID controller?

I have Asus P6T Deluxe V2 motherboard with integrated HDD controller providing 6 SATA II (3 Gb/s) ports. I use this controller for 2 SSDs and 4 HDDs. SSDs and one HDD are for host system (Windows 7 ...
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If I have my VM on an SSD but my OS on a spin drive will I take a significant performance hit when using the VM?

I'm not a fan of cryptic question title's, but then I'm not too sure how to elaborate but here goes: We were planning on buying new PCs for our developers with 128GB SSD drives (the VM takes around ...
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Is there a way to store files in memory?

I have this problem with chrome: Whenever g Google Chrome is open my HDD spins really fast Anyway, after reading this, exerpt: Hi Tim, You can also tell Chrome to use a random folder for the ...
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1answer
2k views

Bad Block on Virtual Machine (Virtual or Physical Problem?)

I am dealing with a virtual machine that is receiving the following entry in the event log: TIME OF EVENT: 7/30/2011 3:47:05 PM EVENT LOG: System EVENT SOURCE: disk EVENT ID: 7 SEVERITY: Error ...
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Minimize VirtualBox Hard Drive disk

I have Ubuntu Server 10.04 TLS installed on a Virtual Machine in a VirtualBox. The size of the Hard Drive is dynamic growing hard drive and the maximum is 32GB. At the beginning i had 4GB on the Hard ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between red and green hard disk activity in Oracle's VirtualBox?

Here are some screenshots, so you know what I'm talking about: Red Activity Green Activity
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Virtual PC dynamic disk - why limited to 130GB?

On my Windows 7 machine with XP Mode installed, I created a new VM in Virtual PC. I have a 1TB SATA drive installed in the machine and when I create a dynamic (expanding) disk, it only allows me to ...
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Which will give me better performance? Raid 0 with two 7200 RPM HDD's or one WD Velociraptor 10,000 RPM?

I will be using one of these configurations for my VMWare Workstation Development VM's (with the RAID setup I can probably get my games on there too). I will mostly be running a Win 7 VM with Visual ...
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3answers
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Extensive use of HDD after VmWare Player virtual machine is closed

Each time I close virtual machine in VmWare Player I see extensive use of HDD in my system. Basically, whole system becomes unresponsive for about 5-7 minutes. Host system is Windows 7 Utimate x64 ...
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VirtualBox hard drive corruption

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on VirtualBox 3.2.8 (Win XP). I was doing a defrag, which wasn't very smart when I had the VM running I guess. Now some of the files are corrupted it would seem. How can I ...
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VMware says virtual disk is fragmented

In Linux I'm running Windows inside VMware Player. When I shut down Windows, VMware Player says the following: How can the disk be fragmented if the host system is Linux? If I defragment the drive ...
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2answers
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Why is Hard Disk Access Slow Through a Virtual Machine?

Why is throughput to an external hard drive from a virtual machine much slower than through the host? Access is generally 30MB/sec from the host and 4MB/sec frm the client. Is this normal?
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Does a fixed size Virtual Machine file (vmdk, etc..) become fragemented?

Just sort of remembered something from OS class about fragmentation and was wondering if anyone knows for sure whether a VM file is liable to become fragmented if you tell it what size the hard drive ...
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Is it a big performance gain to run a VM from a second drive?

Dell offers a laptop with either a 500GB drive or two 320GB drives (both 7200rpm and no options for SSD). I will be running VMs for development and will also have several TrueCrypt mounts. I ...