I am going to be setting up a new (to me) Mac Pro 4,1 with multiple internal hard drives. I want to run Yosemite most of the time with Windows 7 virtualized in a window for a few programs I need to run that require Windows.
Occasionally, though, I would like to boot directly into Windows at startup for maximum performance (for games).
Is it possible for VirtualBox and Boot Camp to share the same Windows installation? In other words, can I dedicate one hard drive, or one partition, to Windows 7, and then either
- choose to boot from that drive (or partition) at startup, or
- boot into OS X, run VirtualBox, and have Windows inside the virtual machine boot from the same Boot Camp drive (or partition)?
My goal is not only to save disk space (by installing Windows and the software I need to run under it in just one place, rather than on one real drive and one virtual drive) but also to avoid having to buy multiple Windows licenses.