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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2002 10:36 pm    Post subject: vmware physical disk installation Reply with quote

My linux stuff is on /dev/hde, and i have another drive /dev/hdf where i will use vmware to install windows xp . Im not gonna use a virtual drive, but instead will use physical disk. How can i give my regular user access to this harddrive. I remember a couple months back, that i edited some file in /etc that gave the regular user permissions to an entire harddrive (read,write), if someone uses vmware with winodws on it, and installed it as a physical disk, can u please help me out. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2002 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bump, in summary i want to give my regular user read/write access to an entire harddrive. (/dev/hdf) . I will install winxp through vmware on it as physical disk. :D
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2002 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You mean you're going to install vmware on a raw partition? Or are you going to format it as a linux-compatible file system first?

If it's the former, I *think* the /etc file you're referring to is /etc/fstab. The "user" option is what you want. (man fstab for more info)

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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2002 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it wasnt the /etc/fstab file that i edited previously, it might have been /etc/inittab but im not sure. For the people that use VMware on linux and use a raw partition, maybe you could help me out?
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2002 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it's a good bet this is discussed on VMWare's support site. Looks like there is no /etc file to edit -- just make your user part of the group that owns /dev/hd[drive letter]

(ok, so I guess the /etc file would then be /etc/group)

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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2002 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i added myself to the 'disks' group my editing /etc/group and rebooted my comp, but still vmware denies me access to my /dev/hdf harddrive.

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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2002 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make sure the partition isn't mounted when you're trying to access it. Also, this is more of a vmware issue than it is a gentoo one. You might have better luck posting a question on the vmware newsgroups. I've had extremely good results posting there.

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