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I'm Going Virtual

posted Mar 1, 2010, 1:34 PM by TechNick TechNick   [ updated Mar 1, 2010, 2:19 PM ]
A few days ago I got my new (actually it was refurbishment) hard drive from Western Digital to replace my old dying HDD that was still under warranty. I roughly spent the better part of 2 days trying to figure out what to do with this HDD. I already had 2 hard drives in my current rig the 500 GB drive that replaced the dying one before I found out about the warranty and my old 200 GB HDD from my XP machine. I thought about using the HDD I just got from WD to maybe use it for setting up a RAID 1 with the other 500 GB disk, but as a friend pointed out to me that seemed sort of redundant, since hard drive failures where very rare and usually I'd have back ups of data somewhere else. I thought about it longer and finally decided to use the newly required HDD as a drive to store my virtual machines in. When it comes to VMs I really don't like that fact that they are on my main drive taking up my space so using a spare drive 500 GB just dedicated to them made sense to me. First I had to install my new drive in my computer I put it in my case, screwed it down, then I connected all the cables, I then did a slow format to NTFS, then gave the drive a befitting name.

Three hard drives, the madness!!!

I then went to the Oracle Sun site to download a copy of Virtual box. Virtual box is one of my favorites out of all virtual software. Did a quick install and now I had to get some OSes to play around with. Luckily I'm still a student so I was able to grab some stuff from Dream Spark. I downloaded copies of Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2. The first OS I decided to install was Server 2003 since many place still seem to not have upgraded yet.

A computer with in a computer doesn't get better then that