Parallels Backup ?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Washac, May 30, 2014.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
    Best way to backup Parallels virtual machine ?
  2. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Mine is totally stateless. The key folders (ex: documents et al) are just pointers to the corresponding folders (ex: documents) in OSX. Hence there is zero data inside of parallels.

    Any work I do in parallels/windows actually has its data in OSX... and is backed up with my very robust, multi-destination, multi-program, multi-technology, fully automated backup strategy.

  3. jdelgado macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2009
    I use Fusion, but I do the same thing: keep everything in OSX and do the backups from the Mac side. I also have a "base" VM archived as backup in case my working VM goes bad.
  4. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    I do same. Keep all files on OS side. Backup on external drive to Time Machine. I also have a clone of my system using Carbon Copy Cloner on a separate external drive.

    This way any failure of my internal drive protected. Files and apps can be run externally with no loss.
  5. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
    Thanks all, think I will just a CCC of the whole drive, seems the easiest way to me.
  6. Julien, May 31, 2014
    Last edited: May 31, 2014

    Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Parallels files are just regular OS X files. So they are treated and backed up the same as iPhoto or iTunes files. I'm with firedept and use TM supplemented with CCC 2x a week. Storage is CHEAP and you can never have too much backup.

    TM and CCC are both the same on how easy (TM is even easer to setup). TM offers a unique way of retrieving any version of any deleted or altered file/App (even an hour ago). I consider TM as my goto backup and CCC as my safety backup.

    EDIT: I have had my .PVM (Parallels data file) corrupted before and easily used TM to retrieve an older copy. This can't be done with CCC and if your latest backup is overwritten with the corrupt file then....
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    That's what I do. I also use Time Machine, but I exclude the VM folder since it will back up my entire VM (40-50GB) every backup because it notices changes to the container file and backs everything up. That would fill my TM backup in no time.

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