Running ML in Parallels from Mavericks?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by thomaskc, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. thomaskc macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    I hope I am not double posting here, but I am curious if anyone has any experience with running OSX using parallels? I assume some of you are running mavericks in parallels using ML as your main system?

    How is the performance? Is the overall performance difference comparable with running windows in parallels (compared to bootcamp) ? or does OSX run "faster" in parallels?

    Basically I am considering running a small OSX ML in parallels for the few annoying things I need that currently does not have mavericks support, so that I can run mavericks for everything else rather than not at all :p

    I hope this makes sense… its 3am and I'm not sure why im still awake. (I blame Blizzards Hearthstone closed beta)

    thanks guys!
  2. dzejms macrumors member


    Aug 23, 2013
    I do. It seems fine. I only need it for one app. The performance is not great as I'm running ML from Parallels file saved od SD card (MBA) but good enough for my little invoicing app.
  3. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Actually, most of us (I think) simply create a small partition on our internal SSD's and dedicated that to Mavericks. We'll reclaim that space later. Others I'm sure just use an external USB drive for the same purpose. In either case, I wouldn't want to test a new OS running as a virtual machine. It will not be faster than running it natively. The same goes for running Windows in Parallels vs. running it via bootcamp. (But honestly, for what I use Windows for I can't tell the difference).
  4. thomaskc thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    Ah really? I guess that makes sense too.. I am just trying to no having to dual boot, because if thats the case I might as well just bootcamp windows rather than a 2nd OSX… **** I wish adobe would just hurry up and fix their software :p would make my life so much easier lol.

    But thanks for the feedback… I guess I'll have to test it with my specific needs to really decide. cheers

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