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Is there a way to do a virtual machine on a CD?

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Is there a way to do a virtual machine on a CD?

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My preference would be a virtual machine running from CD. Is that possible?
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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    And you'll need to understand that the Optical Drive is going to die very quickly. All Optical Drives rely on LED's to generate the Light used to read/burn the disc's and these loose intensity over time realistically about 1000 hours. When this happens at first the drive will be unable to burn a Disc provided that it could to begin with and then it will degenerate to the stage where it can not read the Disc. Also because it is on a CD it will be up to 1000 times slower to access the CD than it would be on a HDD and that is why Virtual Cd's are so popular.

    However what would be required is the ability to write directly to a CD from the OS and then instead of installing the Virtual Machine to the HDD chose the CD as the destination Folder. This is not something I have ever done so others here may have a better explanation of what is involved and how to do it.

    Col

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    Seonix

    It's surely possible, but certainly not feasible. It's about as easy as running your native OS off a CD...not very.

    Why would you possible want/need to run a VM on a CD anyway? It would be so much easier to run off a flash drive if you were forced to not use a hard disk.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    And you'll need to understand that the Optical Drive is going to die very quickly. All Optical Drives rely on LED's to generate the Light used to read/burn the disc's and these loose intensity over time realistically about 1000 hours. When this happens at first the drive will be unable to burn a Disc provided that it could to begin with and then it will degenerate to the stage where it can not read the Disc. Also because it is on a CD it will be up to 1000 times slower to access the CD than it would be on a HDD and that is why Virtual Cd's are so popular.

    However what would be required is the ability to write directly to a CD from the OS and then instead of installing the Virtual Machine to the HDD chose the CD as the destination Folder. This is not something I have ever done so others here may have a better explanation of what is involved and how to do it.

    Col

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    Seonix

    It's surely possible, but certainly not feasible. It's about as easy as running your native OS off a CD...not very.

    Why would you possible want/need to run a VM on a CD anyway? It would be so much easier to run off a flash drive if you were forced to not use a hard disk.