Parallels dilemma - share data or not?

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by JonL12345, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I installed Parallels 8 on my iMac and have put Windows 7 on it. It is sharing the data so that what is on my iMac desktop is also seen on my Windows 7 desktop. I thought this was a good idea but now I am not so sure!

    Do you guys tend to keep things completely separate, with a closed environment for Windows 7? Or do you share the data, and use Coherence mode etc?

    Thanks,

    Jon
     
  2. macrumors 68040

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    I only use Parallels on my work account. I share the desktop and documents. It makes it easier to work across both operating systems for me.

    /Jim
     
  3. macrumors G4

    wrldwzrd89

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    I limit sharing between host and guest to pre-defined shared folders. This way, Windows can't insert random files into my Mac profile that OS X has no use for (or vice versa), and it's easy to clean up after the VM has been shut down.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    Use Dropbox

    I only use Win 7 for work in both Parallels and also in boot camp when I want all resources up for Autodesk Civil 3d etc. I use Dropbox for all my work files so I know where things are going! Also makes it available at workstations etc for rendering!
     
  5. macrumors G4

    wrldwzrd89

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    That's actually a good idea - I did not think of that. The one downside of Dropbox is that it's dependent on your network connection - my upload speed is certainly faster than the 56k modem days, but it's still not all that quick.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Yes but...

    Remember that Dropbox uses a folder on the hard drive that it then backs up to the cloud, so it can dribble away uploading in the background.

    I use my MBP when out and about tethered to an iPhone to get a 3G signal and it still works fine.

    Everything is then visible on Windows as well as I have created a short cut in libraries in windows back to OSX dropbox folder as my save point!

    Worth considering.
     

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