You can use the literal physical Harddisk from the Host machine, which is
what he probably means, but I wanted to verify it. When choosing that mode,
the *.vhd file simply directs it to use the "real" harddrive. In that case
the VM OS is subject to whatever type of partitioning/formatting is on the
If it is FAT32 or NTFS then DOS 6.22 and older will fail.
DOS from Win98 (from the "c:\windows\command" folder) will handle FAT32 but
DOS from Win95 varies depending on which variation of Win95 it came from.
Win95B will read FAT32. I'm not sure about Win95A
Since the Host is XP it will be FAT32 or NTFS. I don't know if it is
possible to load XP on a pre-formatted FAT16 Drive, I never tried it, but I
doubt it. If I remeber, FAT16 is limited to a 540meg drive or something like
that which may not even be big enough to hold XP.
Phillip Windell [MCP, MVP, CCNA]