Moving/Copying Files from Mac OS to XP VMware Fusion

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by SometimesI, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. SometimesI macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2008
    How can I get files from the Mac OS side over to the VMware/Windows side where I can work on them with Windows apps?

    Moving files from Windows XP/VMware Fusion to a destination on the Mac OS side is as easy as dragging files over to Finder and dropping them when the Finder window becomes active. However, I haven't been able to do the reverse operation.

    There's got to be an easy way to move files from the Mac side over to XP/VMware....But I might lose my mind before I discover it.

  2. Jonathan_W macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Newcastle, UK
  3. jabrowntx macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    Have you tried dragging and dropping them directly into your VM? It doesn't move the files, but you can delete them from Mac side when they have been copied over.
  4. SometimesI thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2008
    I can drag and drop from the Fusion/XP side over to the mac desktop or finder, but not the other way around. For some reason, I can't drag and drop from Windows over to Mac....

    I don't know how to set up a shared folder in this situation. I've got XP sitting on an NTFS partition and access it via VMware Fusion. Is there some way to create a shared folder that will allow me to move files from Mac to Windows?

    Are other people having the same issue?
  5. genewarner macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2009
    I was trying to do the same thing (although I have W7 as my guest under VMware), and found a way to get it done that's pretty straightforward. I copied the directories I wanted to move from the XP partition of my old system (running Bootcamp) into the W7 side of my new MacBook Pro. I found I could get it done by selecting Virtual Machine>Shared Folders>Open Shared Folders Settings. Then I clicked the + button, selected the folder I now had on a flash drive, clicked Add, and it wrote to the Shared Folders section of my new MacBook Pro.

    Once they're in Shared Folders, you can just drag them (in Windows Explorer) from there to wherever you actually want them ... if you only want to be able to access them from within the Windows partition. Otherwise leave them in Shared Folders.

    There may be a quicker, simpler way to do it, which I'd be interested in.

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