PC Applications forum


Virtual PC / VMware

by rileysp / February 4, 2012 2:38 AM PST

I have a few classes at a college that require me to have two virtual machines running at once, however the removable drives that they use are really old and frequently crash which does me no good when I have to reload the OS then Virtual PC program, then the two Virtual Servers.

My question is I have a 1TB Seagate Portable HD, I want to find a way to Load either VMware Player/Workstation or Virtual PC on to the portable hard drive, and be able to take it to another computer at the college that also has VMware Player/Workstation or Virtual PC to do my labs. Will this work, and please don't respond with just a yes or no answer, I need to know how to do it if and why it will or will not work.

My system: Windows 7 x64 with VMware Player/Workstation with the following virtual machines loaded: Windows XP x86, Windows Server 2008 & 2008 Core.

College System: Windows XP x86 with Virtual PC x86 with the following virtual machines loaded: Windows server 2008 (x2) and 2008 server Core.

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Virtual PC / VMware
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Virtual PC / VMware
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Sorry but I have to say No
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 4, 2012 9:06 PM PST
In reply to: Virtual PC / VMware

Others here will correct me if I am wrong, but Virtual PC, (I don't know VMWare), is "installed" into an OS. While you may be able to install the software onto a different hard drive, the OS drive still has significant files and settings as well as registry entries needed for the OS to run it.

That said, it seems that "VirtualBox" attempts to do something of what you require and you may want to read more about that here; http://maketecheasier.com/install-virtualbox-in-usb/2010/01/02

But lets see what others say.


Collapse -
Thanks for the advice
by rileysp / February 5, 2012 2:40 AM PST

I appreciate the response and the reference I'll give this a try and see what happens.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Free trip to the Grand Prix

Don't miss your chance to win a trip to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco for you and a plus-one.