Bootcamp from VMWARE?

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  1. di1in macrumors regular

    di1in

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    Just one question: Is it possible to use bootcamp from a VMWARE installation of WinXP?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    No, a VMware's Fusion creates a proprietary file that contains the the OS and apps. If you want to run windows in bootcamp, you must partition your drive and then install windows from a windows install disk.

    conversely after installing windows via bootcamp, VMware can use the BootCamp partition instead of their proprietary file structure. So in a sense its close to what you're asking. One windows install being used from BootCamp and VMware.
     
  3. mulo macrumors 68020

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    is it possible to clone the VMware to the bootcamp partition?
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd say its not possible because you would need direct access to the hardware in vmware for such an operation and that's not possible AFAIK
     
  5. mulo macrumors 68020

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    I believe it is...
    when VMware is running and you connect say a thumb drive it asks you if you want to connect it to VMware or Mac. when connected to VMware i can use the VMware os, in this case win 7 to format the thumb drive etc.

    I'm thinking it may be possible to create a bootcamp partition, eject it with disk utility, then mount it again?
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Well give it a shot and report back, that would be helpful and useful information
     

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