Can I convert Bootcamp disk to parallers or similar?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Gloor, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Gloor macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I was wondering if I can use my current bootcamp disk and convert it to one of the software like parallers or vmware etc.?
    The reason is that I don't want to reinstall everything again from the scratch so I thought that there might be a way to use my current bootcamp disk and just turn it into those new things so I don't have to reboot the computer every single time I need to go to windows (which is not often)

    So, was I correct thinking that this could be done or am I out of luck?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Yes of course, both parallels and VMware will let you run your bootcamp partition within their application. You may need to re-activate windows but once done, you should be all set.

    Vmware gives you one extra option (not sure if parallels does) and that's to import the bootcamp install into a vmware vmdk file, its called a P2V (Physical to Virtual) if you opted to stop running it from bootcamp. The advantage there is that you do get a performance penalty from running a bootcamp partition from a virtual environment as opposed to running windows inside their own proprietary file format (for vmware its the vmdk files).
     
  4. Gloor thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cool, thanks for help.
    Actually tried it after you said it and now running parallels fine. :)

    I just hope it will use my Windows disk instead of my Mac disk as I don't want my mac disk messed up with windows files. :)

    I hope that is on default as I can't find that option yet :)
     

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