Originally Posted by gr8gatzby
I've just installed VMware Workstation and am loading Fedora from a disk image. I am now at the screen in setup that is telling me that if I continue I will hose my entire HDD with the format. My spidey sense tells me that only the VMware partition is only to be affected, and not my file system outside of the virtual drive. However, I is skeered nonetheless. Anyone want to give me peace of mind on this? Thanks.
I will ease you mind on this. Your hard drive will NOT be affected by formatting the VMware partition. Basically, the VMware partition is nothing more than a self-contained operating system within a folder on your actual hard drive. Whatever you do to the VMware partition(folder) stays within that partition (folder). For an example, I am running Windows XP Pro on the largest portion of my hard drive. I installed VMware Workstation and set out to create a Virtual Desktop (Operating System) with Ubuntu 8.04. I went through the wizard to set up my Virtual Desktop (O/S), allocating the space necessary for the Virtual Hard Drive (The amount of room you desire to use for the Virtual Desktop), and then the rest of the parameters that I wish to use. Once I was finished with all of that, I inserted the Ubuntu 8.04 disc that I created (you could also just use an .iso file without going through the bother of using a disc) and just followed the prompts necessary for installing ubuntu on my Virtual Hard Drive. It will come to a point where it will ask you (as you stated earlier) if you want to format the hard drive, and anything you have on it will be lost, etc. At this point, there is nothing on the virtual hard drive- It is a clean slate and installing the Ubuntu on it will NOT affect the Host System (Which is Windows XP Pro) so I just went on ahead and installed it. once finished, I now have an Ubuntu 8.04 virtual computer running at the same time as Windows XP Pro is running. All they do is share some resources (RAM,Processor,sound, etc) and you can even move back and forth between them without much hassle at all. I love my VMware, and another cool thing is you can create a Virtual Desktop to be used as a back up in case you screw something up. All you need to do is open up the backup copy and it's as if you never screwed up.
I hope that this long-winded response has helped in some way.