Parallels Desktop: Should I leave it running when not in use?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by outtoplay, May 9, 2011.

  1. outtoplay macrumors newbie

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    So I have a brand new iMac 27" 3.1 i5, it's mighty nice. I created a bootcamp partition with Win 7 and installed Parallells Desktop 6... all went well.

    I won't actually be using the Win7 software all that often. not every day, or maybe a hour or two here and there during the work week or if gaming.

    My question is do folks leave Parallels running? I heard that you can suspend it when rebooting the mac, (safer/smarter) than just stopping the virtual machine. But does PD eat a fair amount of resources if left running?

    It's handy to have it there, and by the end of this week I will have upgraded the memory on my imac to 12 gig, so I have resources. But should I kill it when not in use to free up system resources?

    thanks,
    Brendan G.
     
  2. outtoplay thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply, but I would imagine that running a 2nd OS has some consequences on the PRimary OS's performance. No?
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Obviously it will consume some resources on the machine, but you could experiment for yourself whether or not it's noticeable.
     

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