Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




89 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 1


Topic # 52244 2-Dec-2009 19:02 Send private message

I want to rip the hard drive out of my PC, sell/give away the PC, put it's hard drive in an external enclosure, perferably a firewire one, then plug it into a Mac, and boot the existing XP environment in a virtualised space so I can have XP and OS X side by side.. Is this possible?

Create new topic
I iz your trusted friend
5278 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 47

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 278833 2-Dec-2009 19:11 Send private message

Why don't you do P2V to the external HDD and run Parallel or Fusion?




Internet is my backyard...

«Geekzone blog: Tech 'n Chips Takeaway» «Personal blog: And then...» «Photo blog: I see...»

Please read the Geekzone's FUG




89 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 1


  Reply # 278842 2-Dec-2009 19:21 Send private message

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical-to-Virtual ? Sounds good. I like this idea.. if I understand it right..

My main XP partition is 100gb (nearly full). I could convert that into a virtual drive onto my Mac Minis tiny hd, (just), and then delete the original HD partition, and copy the newly made virtual partition back onto it? Or something similar? :) (might need to be resized a bit to fit properly..)

I iz your trusted friend
5278 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 47

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 278847 2-Dec-2009 19:30 Send private message

Worthwhile to remove temp and ALL the unnecessary stuff, defrag, do spring cleaning and what-not, then P2V.

There are few tools to P2V but I'm not too familiar with though, check with guys that have run P2V and/or Parallel/Fusion. But it is certainly an option.




Internet is my backyard...

«Geekzone blog: Tech 'n Chips Takeaway» «Personal blog: And then...» «Photo blog: I see...»

Please read the Geekzone's FUG




89 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 1


  Reply # 278849 2-Dec-2009 19:34 Send private message

Cool. :)

Whats the speed like on parallel and vm fusion anyway? near native? I'm not a gamer. I just want a responsive machine when I'm doing the bits I cant fully move to to OS X.


I iz your trusted friend
5278 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 47

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 278851 2-Dec-2009 19:39 Send private message

It's "close" to native. It'll be fine for normal usage, but gaming in VM is never ideal (or to some cases, doesn't work well even).

If you want a native speed, you'll need to boot camp it, but it'll be different way to go about doing it.


ALSO, is your PC comes with the Windows XP? If so, is it OEM/Branded PC? You cannot separate the Windows license from the PC it is bundled with. If you own the retail copy of the Windows, then you can "move it about" as you wish.


The boot camp method could be - with your own retail copy of Windows XP - to install the basic Windows XP partition on your Mac. Then on your PC, you could try its FAST to migrate over from (old) Windows XP to the boot camp Windows XP via ethernet connection, or to an external HDD then import into new Windows XP.

Confused?




Internet is my backyard...

«Geekzone blog: Tech 'n Chips Takeaway» «Personal blog: And then...» «Photo blog: I see...»

Please read the Geekzone's FUG




89 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 1


  Reply # 278852 2-Dec-2009 19:44 Send private message

Yes, very. hehe. I'll have to check my Windows cardboard thingy that came with the cd. But thats some good info me to start with. Close native on a Core 2 duo 2.23ghz is better than native on a Pentium4 1.8ghz I would think!

Thanks for the help. :)

Watchmaker Wizard
2404 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 57

Subscriber

  Reply # 280597 9-Dec-2009 07:38 Send private message

Some flavours of XP get a bit upset when the hardware changes that drastically, so you may need to do a repair install.

OS X should detect a bootable XP partition and offer it as a boot option though. Given the option I prefer Parallels to VMWare Fusion, mainly as its functionality for booting from other physical partitions seems a bit more robust.




848 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 49


  Reply # 287361 6-Jan-2010 10:36 Send private message

Another option if you are interested in virtualisation is virtual box from Sun which is FOSS.

Something to keep in mind is that in order to use XP in Bootcamp, you need an xp install disk that has SP2.

HTH,

Jon

605 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 1

Trusted

  Reply # 287425 6-Jan-2010 13:24 Send private message

Not mentioned here yet is the amount of RAM you have ... remember that you will need slightly more than RAM you require for both OS X AND Windows if you are virtualising (i.e. if your machine currently has 1 GB and you use 2 GB in your Mac, you will require 3+GB of RAM to keep things running).

It's slightly more as you will require an overhead for the virtualisation software.

Speed wise, things are internet browsing etc. is approximately the same speed.

Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:




News »

Trending now »
Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Moment of Truth?
Created by BarTender, last reply by joker97 on 19-Sep-2014 10:58 (375 replies)
Pages... 23 24 25


Mr. Key to extradite Kim Dotcom?
Created by TimA, last reply by SaltyNZ on 18-Sep-2014 09:20 (126 replies)
Pages... 7 8 9


Spark DNS Issues - Amazing - Broadband Service Alert
Created by PeteS, last reply by Demeter on 15-Sep-2014 14:13 (307 replies)
Pages... 19 20 21


IOS8 - Network Load
Created by FireEngine, last reply by FireEngine on 19-Sep-2014 06:20 (37 replies)
Pages... 2 3


2014 Holden SS (V8) or Ford XR6-T (in-line 6 turbo)
Created by joker97, last reply by ilovemusic on 16-Sep-2014 14:34 (71 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Maybe some politicians should go back to school?
Created by jarledb, last reply by DarthKermit on 18-Sep-2014 18:27 (31 replies)
Pages... 2 3


FS: Server time
Created by deathslocus, last reply by CamH on 17-Sep-2014 21:31 (30 replies)
Pages... 2


Warning: Rage Ahead - Campbell Live and childhood poverty
Created by kawaii, last reply by gzt on 15-Sep-2014 22:57 (231 replies)
Pages... 14 15 16



Geekzone Live »
Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.