Parallels setup question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by billybobbers, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. billybobbers macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    Hey guys,

    I setup a Windows 7 VM using Parallels because I underestimated how much space I would need for my Bootcamp partition, and thought I would give this a try instead of resizing it.

    I thought the Windows VM was standalone within my Mac partition, but when I check how much space is left, it mirrors a similar amount to the original tiny Bootcamp partition that I copied it from.

    Is the new Parallels VM (Windows) referencing the original Bootcamp partition, or is it standalone?

    Can I now delete the old Bootcamp Windows partition that I copied the VM from?

    I can't tell if the VM is somehow reliant on the original Bootcamp partition or not.

    If anyone could shed any light on this matter I'd really appreciate it.

  2. billybobbers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    I've been reading advice but I'm still a bit confused.

    I configured the Parallels VM to use the Bootcamp partition, so I gather deleting the Bootcamp partition will break the VM.

    How can I fix this so that I can remove the Bootcamp partition and keep the VM?
  3. zone23 macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2012
    I maybe mistaken but I think only Parallels 9 supports importing bootcamp partitions.
  4. billybobbers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    Yea, I have 9 and I'm going to try and import form a disk image I've created using winclone. I hope they don't have a problem with me reactivating Windows twice in a row. I'm half expecting my Windows product key to suddenly become invalid.

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