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snowboardalliance
So I have Vista and Ubuntu installed now on my Dell. The problem is, I need windows for video editing, and I rarely shut down to play around with Ubuntu. I was wondering, can I keep my existing partition, and use some kind of virtual machine to run that partition? (As in without reinstalling Ubuntu in a virtual machine).

It seems like you have to install virtual OS's for most virtual machine software, but I just want to use my current installation.
surdy
To the best of my knowledge none of the virtual machine softwares allow for this.
snowboardalliance
Damn, ok thanks. I might just install a virtual machine anyway.
surdy
yeah!! thats what i suggest instead of spending time looking for a tool which can do it . just go ahead and use the avaiable ones.
All the best
leontius
I think VirtualBox non-open-source edition can do this with some tweak. However you need to be careful because running a partition in a VM essentially means plugging the harddisk onto a new hardware. So if you install guest additions, Vista will not be able to boot from hard disk again (as the guest addition driver can only run in virtualbox).

I can be wrong though. Search for "virtualbox running os from existing partition".
mehulved
snowboardalliance wrote:
So I have Vista and Ubuntu installed now on my Dell. The problem is, I need windows for video editing, and I rarely shut down to play around with Ubuntu. I was wondering, can I keep my existing partition, and use some kind of virtual machine to run that partition? (As in without reinstalling Ubuntu in a virtual machine).

It seems like you have to install virtual OS's for most virtual machine software, but I just want to use my current installation.

Check if this helps http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Migrate_Windows ?
mehulved
snowboardalliance wrote:
So I have Vista and Ubuntu installed now on my Dell. The problem is, I need windows for video editing, and I rarely shut down to play around with Ubuntu. I was wondering, can I keep my existing partition, and use some kind of virtual machine to run that partition? (As in without reinstalling Ubuntu in a virtual machine).

It seems like you have to install virtual OS's for most virtual machine software, but I just want to use my current installation.

Check if this helps http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Migrate_Windows ?
snowboardalliance
mehulved wrote:
snowboardalliance wrote:
So I have Vista and Ubuntu installed now on my Dell. The problem is, I need windows for video editing, and I rarely shut down to play around with Ubuntu. I was wondering, can I keep my existing partition, and use some kind of virtual machine to run that partition? (As in without reinstalling Ubuntu in a virtual machine).

It seems like you have to install virtual OS's for most virtual machine software, but I just want to use my current installation.

Check if this helps http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Migrate_Windows ?


Can I do it the other way around? Migrate Ubuntu to a virtual machine?
Agent ME
I know I saw a tutorial somewhere the covered exactly how to migrate an existing installation of windows XP or ubuntu to a virtual machine, but I can't find where it was any more. The closest I could find was how to do it for windows 2000 - maybe you can get something useful out of it - http://www.docunext.com/blog/2007/02/17/move-an-existing-windows-2000-installation-to-a-virtual-machine-success/.

But before you try doing all of that - have you tried just using wine to run your video editing program?
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