[arch-general] virtualize a w8 ntfs partition and run w8 inside Arch

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Thu May 15 09:53:13 EDT 2014

On Thu, May 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM, arnaud gaboury
<arnaud.gaboury at gmail.com> wrote:
> I dual boot Arch and w8 in EFI mode with rEFInd. Both Os are on the
> same ssd, with a ESP partition.
> Now I am looking to allow Arch users to run a virtualized version of
> the w8 already installed. The idea is to keep the dual boot option and
> allow the use of the installed w8 from Arch.I want to run within Arch
> a real "copy" of w8. In short, when changes are made or new apps are
> installed from w8 boot, I want to be sure these changes will be taken
> into account in the virtualized w8.
> It seems to me the QEMU arch wiki part [1] :
> Using any real partition as the single primary partition of a hard disk image
> will do what I am willing for. Am I right?
> If yes, is there any workaround to use the ESP partition of my ssd
> instead of creating a MBR like suggested in the WIKI ?
> Thank you for help and tips.

I'm currently doing something similar in order to limit my exposure to
Windows 7.  However I'm using VirtualBox.  I'm not familiar enough
with QEMU to know how it compares on a feature level, USB passthrough
and other things, but I thought I'd just mention it as an option to


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