Partition?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by drummer22, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. drummer22 macrumors newbie

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    Alrighty, I have a stupid question for yall.... I am running Vmware Fusion with XP Pro.

    I thought I knew what a partition was, but the more I read about bootcamp, parallels, fusion, etc... the more confused I get. What is the technical definition of a partition? What is the setup that I have?

    Also, I read things like "using Vmware in the bootcamp partition" or something like that. What does that mean?! I thought the point of Vmware was so that you didnt have to use Bootcamp. But yet they can work simultaneously?!

    Thanks
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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  3. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    You currently have 2 partitions 1 for Mac OS X and one for Windows, a VM can use either your Windows partition or a virtual OS, the only way to access the virtual OS is through a VM, while your windows partition can be accessed through either Bootcamp or a VM
     
  4. drummer22 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys. I like the thought of being able to use Vmware to boot up boot camp. How should I go about installing this? Keep in mind I already have a Windows Virtual Machine... Im thinking that I install boot camp, and then import this into Vmware?.... And then I would I have the first VM and the boot camp partition as options when I open up Vmware?

    This just seems like a lot of hard drive being taken up.... The first VM already takes up 4 GB. What do yall recommend?
     
  5. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    Yes you would use bootcamp to partition your hard drive and start installing windows, then you would point VMware to the Windows partition (remember bootcamp is just a utility for partitioning and installing Windows) If you think 4GB is a lot for your VM you need about 20GB for your Windows partition if you're using XP, more if you're using Vista.

    I use Parallels so I haven't used VMware, but yes you should be able to select either your Windows partition or your VM.
     

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