hopefully i have the right place for the thread this time lol.

my goal is to transfer the XP operating system from a Sony VAIO laptop on to either my desktop computer or (preferably)onto Virtualbox itself.

would this be at all possible? and if so, can the OS be "cloned" onto Virtualbox and leave the XP laptop fully functioning?

i have a good hard-drive adapter so capability isn't a problem.
i also have an external hard-drive if a "middleman" hard-drive is required for some reason.

any details for either computers can be provided upon request.

thanks in advance for all the help!