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Thread: Loading native linux partition virtually from Windows

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2008

    Loading native linux partition virtually from Windows

    I am sorry if this has been asked before, but I can't seem to find threads or websites discussing exactly this.

    Is it possible to run a native linux partition from e.g. VMWare in Windows? So just to clarify, I am running Kubuntu and windows XP in a dual boot configuration, but I also want to be able to load the linux partition virtually from Windows (for the things that are not too demanding) besides being able to boot linux natively (for the more demanding stuff such as 3D graphics).

    Is this possible at all? Feel free to just direct me to the threads/websites discussing this, that I am sure that I missed.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: Loading native linux partition virtually from Windows


    I think the first step would be install an ext2/3 driver utility in Windows to allow you to read ext2/3 partitions, and then when you create a virtual machine, use an existing partition and allow raw access.

    Never tried it, but it could work. And always remember that these things can lead to data loss and whatnot, so backup thoroughly before testing.

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  3. #3
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    Apr 2006
    Kubuntu Development Release

    Re: Loading native linux partition virtually from Windows

    Yes. Look at the links in the Mega thread at the top of these forums, follow the how-to's on running XP from a physical partition.

    The set up is similar, but easier with Linux partitions as there are no licensing or activation issues.
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