Move Parallels VM over to Bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jnev, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. jnev macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2007
    Is this possible? I have a Santa Rosa MBP with a broken Superdrive, and I need to get Windows 7 installed on Bootcamp. I had a copy of Parallels laying around so I install W7 on that, but now I need a way to image that over to my Bootcamp partition. Is this possible? No amount of Googling is turning anything up.

    Alternatively, if anyone knows other ways for me to get W7 on my laptop, that would be just as appreciated. I have tried imaging my flash drive with W7, and unfortunately I get an error on rEFIt that external hard drives are not well-supported by Apple's firmware for legacy OS booting.

  2. balamw, Nov 19, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2010

    balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    There is a long thread here about this

    You basically have three options.

    1) Google V2P (virtual to physical) it's hard but can be done.

    2) Use Parallels or VMWare to initially install the files on your BC partition and complete the install from there

    3) Create a throwaway partition on your internal HDD to which you will copy the Windows installer files and install from that.

    These last two choices are in the thread.


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