Delete Bootcamp / Dual boot, and use parallels?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by GIZBUG, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. GIZBUG macrumors 65816

    GIZBUG

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    #1
    Currently dual boot macOS sierra and windows 10.
    What is the easiest method to get rid of the bootcamp/dual boot, and just run parallels in macOS sierra? Is there a way to keep my windows install from the bootcamp, and import/run it from parallels?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Use Boot Camp Assistant to get rid of the Bootcamp partition, then afterwards install Parallels.

    I dunno about the second part. Maybe something like Winclone can do this?

    https://twocanoes.com/products/mac/winclone
     
  3. Honza1 macrumors member

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    There is Parallels Transporter, which should enable what you want. You need to run it first - before you get rid of the bootcamp partition (of course) - in Windows and using it "export" the Windows system/data to external drive. Then import to Parallels new VM.
    Warning: often when I tried this, it failed miserably and nothing useful came out of a long procedure. However, it should work, costs nothing, so I would try it.
    I would FIRST install Parallels, and move the bootcamp Windows system into the new Parallels VM and - only after proper testing - remove the bootcamp partition. This way you can go back and test everything if needed. In my experience, this procedure is prone to failures. Sometimes it all worked on second/third attempt (while doing the same steps, go figure...).
     

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