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Run a hard drive virtually?

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September 8, 2009 6:17:21 PM

I was wondering if it is possible to take a master hard drive from a computer and run it virtually on another machine.

I would like to install the drive externally and then run it similar to a VMWare solution.
Is that possible?
Would I have to make an image of the drive to do that?

The reason I ask is for virus removal and testing.

So I could just run all the programs off my laptop on a clients hdd and not have to worry about the virus slowing the computer.

I know that there would be driver issues, but I'm not worried about that.
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September 15, 2009 7:54:48 AM

Well, I'm not sure what you mean exactly, but I guess you can put everything—including the virtualization software—into an external hard disk that you plug into the computer you want to run it on. The problem is that not all processors support virtualization, so you may find yourself unable to demo your software on certain computers.
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September 15, 2009 3:25:44 PM

I know my processor supports virtualization; how would I run that external hard drive like I would run a virtual image?
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September 15, 2009 4:11:45 PM

It's actually really interesting and can really useful. I suppose you can't do that because the whole drivers thing, but who knows.
In any case if the whole purpose is the virus removal thing than why you don't connect it as external driver and check it.
If you want to make your computer absolutely safe, run your computer with BartPE or Hiren's CD and then check it easily.
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September 15, 2009 4:22:19 PM

I use Hiren's CD, but I was just interested in it on a whole. If the drivers are incorrect the system would still run, just wouldn't have the same functionality.
I'm looking for a way to run an external hard drive like a virtual image in a virtualization program, or if there is some way to create an virtual image from a hard drive that can be run, that would work.
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