I was very much surprised just how easy it is to convert a
Microsoft Windows 7 laptop into a virtual machine running within Sun’s VirtualBox. This is what I did:
Pull the hard drive from the laptop. On my Dell Latitude, it was simply unscrewing the two screws on the bottom of the laptop marked with the hard drive simble
Attach the drive to a SATA to USB connector and plug it in to your Linux box
If you don’t have VirtualBox installed, do so now using apt-get, rpm, or whatever you use to install software
How to migrate existing Windows installations to VirtualBox but make sure you specify the entire drive (i.e. /dev/sdh) and not individual partitions else you will miss the hidden partitions that Vista and Windows 7 create
You should have a working Windows 7 Virtual Machine. You’ll notice that you probably have a huge vdi file. Let’s shrink that down:
download and install
sdelete from Microsoft download and install
PowerDefragmenter Run PowerDefragmenter on your c: drive (as administrator)
“sdelete -c c:” from a cmd window (as administrator) shutdown windows
On the host
“VBoxManage modifyvdi my_disk.vdi compact” replacing “my_disk.vdi” with the name of your vdi file you created earlier Note that if you get a “Shrink hard disk operation is not implemented” error, then you’ve hit
bug #2833 and you will want to download the latest VirtualBox to fix it.
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