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How do you create a VHD in Windows Virtual PC (Win 7) that is linked to a real physical drive?

How do you create a VHD in Windows Virtual PC (Win 7) that is linked to a real physical drive?

I know that you can create a Virtual HD in Virtual PC that is linked to a physical drive so it's not compressed, runs faster, etc.

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"You can attach a physical disk with Hyper-V, so that it is ""owned"" by that particular VM and no other. I don't have Windows [7] Virtual PC, so I can't confirm whether this feature has been back-ported. (I suspect not.)

This feature is also supported by VirtualBox and VMWare, using a special .vmdk image file (which just points to the disk).

The performance benefit may not be all that great, but I suppose it's worth testing in your particular setup. The phrases ""raw disk"" and ""disk pass-through"" are used to describe this feature, if you want to search further."