Need help with parallels

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by sabre364, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. sabre364 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2008
    So In the past I have been using vmware but with some mouse freezing issues i've been looking for an alternative. I'm trying parallels, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to set up the virtual machine?

    I can't seem to find the vmx vmware config file so I'm just letting it select my boot camp partition (vista already installed) to use...but it sets it up, and then when i try to start up the machine I get this error.

    "Unable to connect Hard Disk 1.

    A file or device required for the operation of Hard Disk 1 does not exist or is used by another process, or you have no permission to access it. The virtual machine will continue running, but the device will be disconnected."

    I don't know how to proceed, please help.

    EDIT: I found this suggestion (below) online, and while trying to find the config file (couldn't find it) I just double clicked on the vmname.pvm and it mounted it or something and started up. I'll keep it updated if there are any problems.

    "Found the problem.

    -Edit /Users/<user>/Documents/Parallels/<VM Name>.pvm/config.pvs
    -In the <hdd> section, find <SystemName>
    -Change "/dev/disk0" or a similar value to the full path of the disk image in the same directory. In my case it was "/Users/<USER>/Documents/Parallels/My Boot Camp.pvm/Hitachi HTS############.hdd"
    -Restart the VM"
  2. Kelly Craig macrumors member

    Kelly Craig

    Jul 30, 2009
    Mouse Freeze?
    Using windows 7>?

    I love VMWare and will stand by the statement that VMWare kicks Parallels out the door hands down....
  3. free2readme macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2013
    This solution did not help me at all. I still get the same message. Unable to find disk 1.
    Is there any other way?

    I am using Mac OS X Snow LEopard and Parallels Desktop 7 for mac.

    My name for Virtual machine is Windows 7U2 and the hdd file name was Windows 7U2-0.hdd
    I dont know why the zero. Anyway, I changed the name into the disk name (external disk) WD Ext HDD 1021 Media.hdd as its named in Disk Utility.
    Didnt work.:(

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