Read/Write 'Virtual hard disk linked to physical disk'?

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Karl Pielorz, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. Karl Pielorz

    Karl Pielorz Guest

    Hi All,

    I'm running Virtual PC 2004 (SP1) under XP (SP2). The hard drive in my
    laptop is partitioned into two.

    The first partition contains Windows XP, the second partition contains
    FreeBSD.

    If I create a virtual machine, with a 'Virtual hard disk linked to physical
    disk', and boot the Virtual PC - I can boot FreeBSD fine.

    The problem is in this mode - Virtual PC makes the 'Virtual linked hard
    disk' Read Only (I understand this is because there's a mounted NTFS volume
    on it, and it's a "safety feature").

    I understand the risks etc. - but is there a way of stopping it doing this,
    i.e. I want the Virtual linked hard disk to be read-write.

    I see you can 'simulate' this by using a difference file - but that means
    whenever I boot FreeBSD directly, I'll loose all the changes I made while
    running it under Virtual PC / XP.

    I'm hoping there's some undocumented feature, or registry key/hack that'll
    let me do this?

    Cheers,

    -Karl
     
    Karl Pielorz, Sep 27, 2005
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