Parallels Snapshot file size

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by sirgeekalot, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. sirgeekalot macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2007
    I'm planning on installing Parallels and using the snapshot feature immediately after installing Windows XP on VM.

    How large are the snapshots that parallels creates?

    This will help me determine how many snapshots I plan to keep, especially since I need to allocate 20GB to the Windows VM in the first place.

    A Windows XP installation is usually about 4GB on an actual windows machine.


    ~ Sirgeekalot
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I suggest compressing your disk before you make a snapshot. I've seen a snapshot take anywhere between 1-3 GB before.

    I wouldn't be surprised if it could get large.

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