TIP: Physicalize a VMware guest...
or virtualize your host (physical) system! Here's how:
Oh, I forgot to provide the URL: http://members.tripod.co.jp/chitchat/vmware/
Uh, maybe you could save sometime by using a physical partition in the first place? And then either run ghost from a running VMWare or have the VMWare shut off and run ghost from the physical machine. Both way should be just reasonably faster than your suggestion to be worth considering. That driver idea is really neat.
Well, it's a really neat idea, first off. Second, and I may be wrong on this, but I don't think that using the raw disk access mode of VMware allows you to simply read data off the partition that you chose as though it were part of the filesystem's semantics. Third, if you're testing something that will be deployed in a diverse environment, you might have 30 or more virtual machine setups. I doubt you want to have that many partitions on your disk(s). .vmdk files work way better.
Situation 1 (raw disk using ghost in vmware) does work, but yeah how many partition can one give up? Again, people use vmware for all kinds of things, I think to use raw disk when you are sure you want performance (raw disk) over flexibility is a good trade off (less vms possible).
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