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Which disk image support siplit into files, VDI, VMDK, or VHD?

Different from this quesiton, What disk image should I use with VirtualBox, VDI, VMDK, VHD or HDD? Does only vmdk format support 'splitting the storage file into files'? What about other formats? ...
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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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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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636 views

VMWare Workstation 8 Disk I/O & Hard Faults

I have VMWare Workstation 8 installed on a host machine with the following specs: Intel i5 2500k CPU 16GB DDR3 1600 ram 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black HD I have two Windows 7 virtual machines ...
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994 views

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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1answer
243 views

How to set up dedicated Hard Disk to a VM?

I'm running CentOS with Xen hypervisor. I've two virtual machines running on it (2 DomU and obviously 1 Dom0). I've two hard disks that I'm trying to dedicate exclusively to each of the DomU. This is ...
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How do virtualized hard drives work?

I've been using VirtualBox for some time now and always end up making a new "virtual" hard drive when making a new machine. I only just wondered -- what exactly am I making? If I set the size to 8GB, ...
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495 views

Installing fedora, it want to destroy /dev/sda?

I'm installing Fedora 14 in a VirtualBox VM on my Windows 7 host. I've loaded the Fedora iso and am now running the "live CD". I've followed the steps in "install to hard drive" and receive the ...
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2answers
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Difference between SCSI and IDE virtual drive

I want to know what s the difference between SCSI Virtual Drive and IDE virtual 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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1answer
242 views

How to boot a partition using a virtual pc

I have backed up my failing hard drive using a ddrescue Linux command to two partition files - p1 and p2 5GB and 90GB each. Now, without saving this back to an actual disk - is there a way for me to ...
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2answers
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Combine multiple physical drives as a single mount point in Windows 7

Is there any support in Windows 7 - or through third-party software - to easily combine multiple physical drives into a single, large virtual drive? I'm looking for something similar to how many ...
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4answers
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Is it possible to export a VirtualBox drive to a “real” hard drive?

I have a Windows 7 VM on my Mac OS X VirtualBox Host. The virtual drive is a dynamically-expanding with a limit of 20GB. Is it possible to export the .vdi virtual hard drive to a real, physical hard ...
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Tools similar to Deep Freeze for Personal Use? [closed]

I'm not sure how many people do this, but when I worked at my university, we purchased a site license to Deep Freeze, which essentially allows a computer's state to be saved and restored to it's ...