How to exchange Files between XP in Parallels and OSX

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by nautisch, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. nautisch macrumors member

    May 31, 2006
    hallo there

    I'm working mit matlab unter XP in parallels and it works quite fine (although i only have 512mb ram..), however

    what is the easiest way to exchange files (for example plotted .jpgs) between xp/parallels and osx?

    my usb stick does not work. is there any way to write/read to some partition for example with both parallels and osx?

  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Easy. On the VM setup screen that appears before you actually boot Windows, click the "Edit" button, then from there select the "Shared Folders" option, make sure it's enabled, and pick a folder on your hard drive to share. Bingo--anything in that folder should be visible in Windows, and anything you put there in Windows you can get to from the MacOS. It shows up in Windows as "Parallels Shared Folders" on the desktop... I think.
  3. maxvamp macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2002
    Somewhere out there

    Agreed. This is by far the best way.

  4. nautisch thread starter macrumors member

    May 31, 2006
    did sound too easy to be true... and actually doesnt work here
    clicked edit
    clicked shared foldes
    made sure is active
    selected folder..
    does not show up in windows.

  5. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    You need to install Parallels Tools for Windows. It's in the menus somewhere. Select it, and a installer will automatically start in Windows.

    Other way to share files between the two is using Bonjour and the built-in file sharing facilities in Windows and OS X. It's more of a hassle to set up, but it's faster that way to transfer files.
  6. ammon macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2005
    Is this a new feature in the final product? I tried to do the same thing with one of their first Betas and I couldn't get anything to work....
  7. nautisch thread starter macrumors member

    May 31, 2006
    jepp, with parallels tools installed it runs pretty well.

    not to mention the mouse improvements..

  8. bdefore macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2006
    Found them

    Finally found my shared folders in My Network Places / Entire Network / Shared Parallels Folders (this is Win2000)
  9. Shazkar macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2006
    I haven't done this yet, but when I install Parallels adn make a virtual machine and it asks me what format to make the partition, if I do NTFS will I still be able to share that folder?

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