working QNX2 disk, how to image into vmware?

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Keith

working QNX2 disk, how to image into vmware?

Post by Keith » Mon Dec 15, 2003 5:27 am

Here is my problem. Have an old PC application (energy management software
on QNX 3.2.1) running on an old 386 based PC. The application install
floppies are bad, and are so old that we can't buy replacements :( The old
PC is still running, but if the hard disk dies, I am looking at buying new
software for $4,000.

Ideally I would like to get an image of the old PC hard disk running under
vmware on a newer Pentium machine. I believe the issues of processor speed
and Y2K can be overcome. But how can I get the image created and running
under vmware? I put the old PC hard disk as a slave in the new Windows 2000
Pentium PC and it shows as drive E:. I can't read the drive from Windows,
and Powerquest Drive Image 2002 warns me that the disk is not standard and
don't muck with it. Is there a Windows driver that can enable access to the
QNX disk? Are there any Windows or DOS drive imaging programs that are able
to handle QNX format?

Any advice? I am not even sure how to boot QNX in the old PC and image it to
a spare drive. Getting this running under vmware looks to be more difficult
than I had imagined.

Thx,
Keith.

Mario Charest

Re: working QNX2 disk, how to image into vmware?

Post by Mario Charest » Tue Dec 16, 2003 6:09 am

I don't seem how you can do it, without first install QNX2 in VMware (using
standard install disk) and then copy via network the content of the HD from
the real PC to the virtual PC.

The other solution I can think of is installing QNX4 in VMware then plugin
the QNX2 HD and allow physical access to the disk (option in VMware) then I
beleive there is a utility available to copy QNX2 fs from QNX4. Thus you
could backup the QNX2 HD on the QNX4 HD.

If you install a third HD you *might* be able to copy the content of the
QNX2 hd to the third HD.

"Keith" <keith@nospam.net> wrote in message news:brjfiq$nbe$1@inn.qnx.com...
Here is my problem. Have an old PC application (energy management software
on QNX 3.2.1) running on an old 386 based PC. The application install
floppies are bad, and are so old that we can't buy replacements :( The old
PC is still running, but if the hard disk dies, I am looking at buying new
software for $4,000.

Ideally I would like to get an image of the old PC hard disk running under
vmware on a newer Pentium machine. I believe the issues of processor speed
and Y2K can be overcome. But how can I get the image created and running
under vmware? I put the old PC hard disk as a slave in the new Windows
2000
Pentium PC and it shows as drive E:. I can't read the drive from Windows,
and Powerquest Drive Image 2002 warns me that the disk is not standard and
don't muck with it. Is there a Windows driver that can enable access to
the
QNX disk? Are there any Windows or DOS drive imaging programs that are
able
to handle QNX format?

Any advice? I am not even sure how to boot QNX in the old PC and image it
to
a spare drive. Getting this running under vmware looks to be more
difficult
than I had imagined.

Thx,
Keith.

Mario Charest

Re: working QNX2 disk, how to image into vmware?

Post by Mario Charest » Tue Dec 16, 2003 6:11 am

Better idea, just tell VMWARE to use the QNX2 HD as a virtual drive. When
you setup a virtual HD you can specify "physical access". You should be
able to boot from it.

"Mario Charest" <postmaster@127.0.0.1> wrote in message
news:brm6a6$nle$1@inn.qnx.com...
I don't seem how you can do it, without first install QNX2 in VMware
(using
standard install disk) and then copy via network the content of the HD
from
the real PC to the virtual PC.

The other solution I can think of is installing QNX4 in VMware then plugin
the QNX2 HD and allow physical access to the disk (option in VMware) then
I
beleive there is a utility available to copy QNX2 fs from QNX4. Thus you
could backup the QNX2 HD on the QNX4 HD.

If you install a third HD you *might* be able to copy the content of the
QNX2 hd to the third HD.

"Keith" <keith@nospam.net> wrote in message
news:brjfiq$nbe$1@inn.qnx.com...
Here is my problem. Have an old PC application (energy management
software
on QNX 3.2.1) running on an old 386 based PC. The application install
floppies are bad, and are so old that we can't buy replacements :( The
old
PC is still running, but if the hard disk dies, I am looking at buying
new
software for $4,000.

Ideally I would like to get an image of the old PC hard disk running
under
vmware on a newer Pentium machine. I believe the issues of processor
speed
and Y2K can be overcome. But how can I get the image created and running
under vmware? I put the old PC hard disk as a slave in the new Windows
2000
Pentium PC and it shows as drive E:. I can't read the drive from
Windows,
and Powerquest Drive Image 2002 warns me that the disk is not standard
and
don't muck with it. Is there a Windows driver that can enable access to
the
QNX disk? Are there any Windows or DOS drive imaging programs that are
able
to handle QNX format?

Any advice? I am not even sure how to boot QNX in the old PC and image
it
to
a spare drive. Getting this running under vmware looks to be more
difficult
than I had imagined.

Thx,
Keith.



Jon W

Re: working QNX2 disk, how to image into vmware?

Post by Jon W » Fri Dec 19, 2003 7:51 pm

I have had good luck using Acrnos True Image software
http://www.acronis.com


"Mario Charest" <postmaster@127.0.0.1> wrote in message
news:brm6ei$nm2$1@inn.qnx.com...
Better idea, just tell VMWARE to use the QNX2 HD as a virtual drive. When
you setup a virtual HD you can specify "physical access". You should be
able to boot from it.

"Mario Charest" <postmaster@127.0.0.1> wrote in message
news:brm6a6$nle$1@inn.qnx.com...

I don't seem how you can do it, without first install QNX2 in VMware
(using
standard install disk) and then copy via network the content of the HD
from
the real PC to the virtual PC.

The other solution I can think of is installing QNX4 in VMware then
plugin
the QNX2 HD and allow physical access to the disk (option in VMware)
then
I
beleive there is a utility available to copy QNX2 fs from QNX4. Thus
you
could backup the QNX2 HD on the QNX4 HD.

If you install a third HD you *might* be able to copy the content of the
QNX2 hd to the third HD.

"Keith" <keith@nospam.net> wrote in message
news:brjfiq$nbe$1@inn.qnx.com...
Here is my problem. Have an old PC application (energy management
software
on QNX 3.2.1) running on an old 386 based PC. The application install
floppies are bad, and are so old that we can't buy replacements :( The
old
PC is still running, but if the hard disk dies, I am looking at buying
new
software for $4,000.

Ideally I would like to get an image of the old PC hard disk running
under
vmware on a newer Pentium machine. I believe the issues of processor
speed
and Y2K can be overcome. But how can I get the image created and
running
under vmware? I put the old PC hard disk as a slave in the new Windows
2000
Pentium PC and it shows as drive E:. I can't read the drive from
Windows,
and Powerquest Drive Image 2002 warns me that the disk is not standard
and
don't muck with it. Is there a Windows driver that can enable access
to
the
QNX disk? Are there any Windows or DOS drive imaging programs that are
able
to handle QNX format?

Any advice? I am not even sure how to boot QNX in the old PC and image
it
to
a spare drive. Getting this running under vmware looks to be more
difficult
than I had imagined.

Thx,
Keith.





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