Parallels Desktop or Bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by JazzyFizzle, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. JazzyFizzle macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2011
    Hey, I have a few questions about Parallels & Bootcamp.

    1) I have Bootcamp installed. Can I use my partition for Parallels & keep all my data, or will I need to back it all up and reinstall?

    2) What is the performance difference between Parallels & Bootcamp? I do a lot of 3D game art, photoshop & occasionally play games such as BF3 & Skyrim on Bootcamp. Will Parallels suffer to run these games?

  2. wy328 macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2012
    1. yes.Parallels can make a virtual pc using bootcamp partation.
    2. Parallels can be used to play some 3d games, i paly cod4 on it, not smooth like bootcamp but palyable...
    my suggestion:use Parallels directly, make a virtual pc using bootcamp partation is not a stable option,everytime you boot,the system need to detect & install drivers for diffrent devices between a real pc & Parallels.
    windows can not suffer this for a long time....
  3. piatti macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2010
    So is Parallels better than the bootcamp option?
  4. techguy20 macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2010
    It's better in a sense that you don't have to restart and boot into the Windows partition - you can work in both environments simultaneously and cooperatively.

    However, for very processor- and graphics-intensive tasks, I would recommend using Bootcamp over Parallels since Windows is running natively.

    I do have a setup with a virtual machine that uses my Bootcamp partition. That way, I can use Windows within OSX, but I can also just boot into the Windows partition when I need to, and the same documents/applications are still there.
  5. francis21 macrumors member

    May 2, 2011
    Mississauga, ON, Canada
    I'd recommend what he said already: run Windows 7 on Parallels when you need access to some not-so-intensive programs and leave other heavy duty programs running on Bootcamp.

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