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  1. #60


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Ah, yeah it most likely just a took a bit longer to do on the USB before it showed up. Perfect.

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  2. #61


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I am still trying to figure out how to access the other partitions on the host from Windows 8 on the Player. Tried to access the host folders with Homegroup, but that did not work. It did not recognize my host's Homegroup. And in the VMware controls I see no option to mount any host partitions.
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  3. #62


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    When adding hardware in the VM settings, go to add hard disk (answer yes to UAC prompt here is required) and then add external (physical) drive.

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    Here I have only one disk in laptop and I'm limited and unable to use partitions or entire physical disk.

    The whole drive gets mounted and all partitions will be available on it to the VM.

    Getting separated partitions only to work was not tested here and I'm not sure it's possible because the whole disk needs to accessed by the VM in order to read partitions on it. Make sure disk is only a data storage one. Handle the whole operation with care (that's why they mentioned "advanced" there) by not corrupting any data: a mounted drive in the VM should not have (and that's also the case) any host usage during the usage in the VM because that can corrupt data.

    It seems that whole disk or individual partitions can be used (see screenshot) but in both cases, the disk shouldn't have the main host OS running on it (pagefile on one of partitions... boot partitions, system and such). Otherwise you cannot use it.
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  4. #63


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Thank you very much for the info. The disk in question is my data disk (2 partitions). The host system runs on another disk (SSD). I wonder whether it will corrupt my Windows 7 data when accessed from Windows 8. I had that problem with the test versions of Windows 8 when I accessed the data from my Windows 8 to go (running from a USB3 stick).

    I see on your picture that there is a choice to use individual partitions. I wonder what that does.
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  5. #64


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Thank you very much for the info. The disk in question is my data disk (2 partitions). The host system runs on another disk (SSD). I wonder whether it will corrupt my Windows 7 data when accessed from Windows 8. I had that problem with the test versions of Windows 8 when I accessed the data from my Windows 8 to go (running from a USB3 stick).

    I see on your picture that there is a choice to use individual partitions. I wonder what that does.
    Since I wasn't able to use the second option I cannot tell you but I assume that it lets you select only one or desired partitions to use in a VM.

    As long as you use a data disk alone the risk of corruption is very low since NTFS or FAT has the same support under Win7 and 8.
    Problems would be with NTFS partitions under Linux for example.

    I'll see if I can post another screenshot with detailed options soon.
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  6. #65


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Don't go thru any trouble. I can figure it out. I will make an extra partition on that HDD, copy some data in and experiment with that. If that gets shot, there is nothing lost.
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  7. #66


    Watford
    Posts : 465
    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    Hi Wolfgang. Have you considered using shared folders rather than going down that route?
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  8. #67


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Yes Keith. I tried the Homegroup route. But in Windows 8, my Windows 7 homegroup was not recognized. Do you have another way in mind ??
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  9. #68


    Watford
    Posts : 465
    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    Yes Wolfgang. I'm talking of VMWare's shared folder facility.

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  10. #69


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Don't go thru any trouble. I can figure it out. I will make an extra partition on that HDD, copy some data in and experiment with that. If that gets shot, there is nothing lost.
    Don't worry.
    I was testing something myself and considered to give it a try in the same test VM in showing a usage scenario.

    First I can confirm that I used the whole physical disk in a VM in the past and it worked without any issues.

    Now to see if just a partition can be used is what I'll post here.

    The test is made in VMware Player 5 in a VM running in VMware Player 5.

    I have 2 disks: disk0 and disk1
    Disk1 has 2 partitions named: Data and Recovery

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    Then in the VM settings with UAC "yes":
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    The usual options.
    But we select the second disk with no OS (disk1) with data on it.
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    It has two partitions as we know it and we want for example to use the "Data" partition in the VM and the recovery one not.
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    We check the data partition.
    Then,
    We give it a proper name for its virtual disk counterpart that bridges the physical disk in the VM.
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    And so the partition is added.
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    After that you can start the VM.
    (notice the warnings and info in screenshot)
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    And just as expected, the Data partition is unavailable for the host because it's used in the guest VM.
    Just like when you mount USB sticks and devices in the VM: they become unavailable to the host to avoid corruption.
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    After the VM is safely closed the used partition returns to the host and gets mounted.
    If the machine was properly shut down and the device was properly used, you shouldn't expect any corruption.

    I can say that it works pretty good in my case, whether using an entire physical disk or individual partitions.
    Using the latest (now 5) Vmware Player.
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