When y'all get sick and tired of helping me to solve my weird problems,please tell me to "shut up." And this has got to be a really weird and unique one. It isn't listed in any of the searches I ran.
Current set up:
2.66 MHz Pentium Dual Core chip
2 Gigs of RAM
Two HDD's, primary is a 320 G; secondary is a 160 G.
I completely wiped the 320 G HDD and installed LMDE (currently updating it, but otherwise no data files yet). It did have Windows XP SP3 on it. But I'm backed up on the 160 G HDD which includes Windows XP SP3.
My Grub menu shows both LMDE and Windows XP so I can dual boot.
Here's the rub: I wish to put Windows XP SP3 into a VirtualBox on the 320 Gig HDD so I can run LMDE and Windows XP concurrently and pull data files from the 160 HDD if needed.
I did cma because my data files, licenses, etc are also backed up on an external 1 terrabyte HDD.
What's the best way to do it?
Must I remove the Windows XP from the 160 HDD?
If so, my idea is to delete that Windows OS from the 160 HDD and leave the other backup documents and programs there, andinstall Windows XP into the Virtual Box on the 320 HDD, but before I really screw things up, thought I'd ask y'all experts before I sat down to a Gin and tonic with a splash of bitter lemon.
So my other choice is to reformat and wipe the 160 HDD, but I hate to go that route as it seems to introduce even more problems.
As they used to say in the Pogo comic strip, "Hep, Hep!!"
Thanks once more. Y'all have always been great at helping me work out my problems. This final set up will make me about as close a complete LMDE user as I can be. I'm also running it on an old laptop and an 11 year old computer from which I'm sending this query.
tlcmd (aka Dick)