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?
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..)
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.
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!
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.
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.