Virtual Box, Parallels, etc

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  1. DanielGMac macrumors newbie

    DanielGMac

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    I'm curious if there's any virtual machine type software that can deal with what I believe to be a simple and common scenario:

    I've got a MacBook Pro that triple boots, WIN7, Fedora 14, OS X 10.6.

    I've gotten to the point that I only boot into OS X now but very occasionally I want/need something read in WIN or want to try out a Linux item. Do any of the virtual machine setups allow you to use another real partition as the virtual disk?

    I've not seen any of them where they're able to do it but I might be missing something here.

    Help?
    Thanks
    DanH
     
  2. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    Both Parallels and Fusion can do this, not sure about VirtualBox.

    jW
     
  3. DanielGMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    DanielGMac

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    Can it do it with a pre-existing WIN partition (for instance)? Or would you have to reinstall through the parallels virtual interface?

    That's the million dollar question that I did not get an answer to when I downloaded and installed it with a trial key.

    I do appreciate your time
     
  4. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

    bmcgonag

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    VirtualBox can do this, not sure about cloning from an existing install. Sorry.
     
  5. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    Yep, you simply tell it to use that drive during the setup process.

    jW
     
  6. DanielGMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    DanielGMac

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    Outstanding! Thank you. Now I can confuse the hell out of myself as to which machine is where and what one the mouse is in at the time.
     

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