Bootcamp/Parallels/VMware confusion

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by flyman, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. flyman macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2004
    Hi everyone please be patient with me on this as I'm a real noob when it comes to this kind of stuff and could really do with some help.

    I have a copy of Windows 7 x64 Pro which I want to install onto a separate HD in my Mac Pro (early 2008 quad core) with OS 10.6.1.

    This leads me to several questions.

    1. Is it best to use Bootcamp to install Windows 7?
    2. If I've already installed Windows 7 via Bootcamp can I install from the same Windows 7 disc with Parallels/VMware?
    3. When installing Windows 7 with Parallels/VMware, would it create the virtual environment on my Mac HD or on a drive of my choice?

    Heres hoping someone can help
    Many thanks in advance
  2. 05slvrscape macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2008

    Hope the answers above help you out.
  3. flyman thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2004
    Thank you that helps a lot but raises more questions!

    So is there a distict advantage to letting Parallels/VMware access the Bootcamp partition rather than installing Windows with Parallels? :confused:

    Ok so I think my plan would be as follows:

    [Install A] - Install W7 with Bootcamp onto an additional internal Raptor Drive (for gaming and Microsoft Office Pro 2007).
    [Install B] - Install Parallels/VMware onto the same HD as the Mac OS and direct it to use the Bootcamp partition for the VM.

    Again this leads to other questions.

    1. Is this be the best approach to take?
    2. What would be the best way to make backups of the Bootcamp partition and the Parallels VM?

    Once again many thanks.

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