question on choices using bootcamp part thru a vm

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by johnhurley, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    New 10.7.1 mbp with 750 gb drive 400 gb to OS X and 350 to bootcamp partition running win 7. Actual space used by win 7 in the big bootcamp partition is about 100 gig ( lots of data for various reasons ).

    I have 8 gb of ram. While the macbook pro does a really nice job running win 7 native I want to start getting away from that. Been backing up bootcamp using win 7 recovery creating system image on external drive.

    I am more than a little confused about what options I might have to keep the bootcamp partition around as-is but also being able to run the bootcamp partition thru one ( of several possible ones ) from OS X.

    Can I really use under 10.7 one ( or more ) of Virtualbox/VMware/Parallel software vm options and ( somehow ) point them to the bootcamp partition directly?

    If I do that will there be changes made to the bootcamp partition that will prevent me from restarting and running win 7 native?

    Or do I have to create a system image of the bootcamp partition within the space I have under OS X?

    Any hints/tips/clarifications appreciated!

    For me it would be nice while my learning ramps up to be sure that my bootcamp partition is still safe and workable either directly or via vm from OS X.
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Yes. Parallels and Vmware have options to run a vm using your Bootcamp partition as a source.

    No. It's designed to be an either or. Parallels installs some stuff onto your Windows partition, but they are tools designed to facilitate operation while in vm mode. They do not interfere with booting native into Windows from your Bootcamp partition.!

    I cannot speak for VMWare as I haven't used it. I am using Parallels 7 and it works precisely like that. That software is very well made and designed for Lion.

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