The files can be on the host machine or on a remote computer. VMware Workstation creates a file for each 2GB of virtual disk capacity and virtual machine overhead.
Caution: If you run an operating system natively on the host computer, the switch to running it inside a virtual machine is like pulling the hard drive out of one computer and installing it in a second computer with a different motherboard and other hardware. The specific steps you need to take depend on the operating system you want to use inside the virtual machine.
For details, see Configuring a Dual-Boot Computer for Use with a Virtual Machine.
Follow the instructions on the Web site to use the driver with a fresh installation of Windows XP or . A virtual disk of either type can be stored on either type of physical hard disk.
That is, the files that make up an IDE virtual disk can be stored on either an IDE hard disk or a SCSI hard disk. They can also be stored on other types of fast-access storage media, such as DVD-ROM or CD-ROM discs.
You can also use VMware Workstation on a Windows host to create virtual disks, then move them to a Linux computer and use them under VMware Workstation for Linux - or vice versa.
For information about moving virtual disks, see Moving and Sharing Virtual Machines Note: Beginning with VMware Workstation 3.0, virtual disks are created in a new format that is not recognized by earlier VMware products.In most cases, however, it is better to use a virtual disk.Only expert users should attempt raw disk configurations.In some circumstances, you may need to give your virtual machine direct access to a physical hard drive on your host computer - using the disk type known as a raw disk.A virtual disk is a file or set of files that appears as a physical disk drive to a guest operating system.VMware Workstation 2.0 offered an experimental disk type called plain disk.