Just finding out if theory would work or not
i really dont know if this is the correct place to put this in but i am curious on knowing if say you have a dell latitude d620 and you couldnt get xp to install via cd/dvd/usb is it possible to replicated the specs on the laptop and have it set up so you just put in the harddrive and away it goes, like would vmware workstation 8 work for this let me know thanks
Unfortunately the only way something like that would work, would be if you had a second physical machine of the same specs.
VM Workstations would not work because although you could specify general information about the hardware you want used, the specific drivers would not be installed properly, and the computer would not boot. Also, VMware saves the "HDD" as a bunch of files packaged in their own format. If you merely put those files onto another HDD, the computer would have no idea what to do with them.