"Safest" install configuration for Fusion?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MoWheels, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. MoWheels macrumors newbie

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    I'm a new Mac owner and convert wondering how best to install VMware Fusion for the safest (ie. least likely to adversely affect my OS X system) configuration. I have a new Mac Pro and cannot find posts addressing my concerns. I have installed my OS X software (Photoshop, Lightroom, various utilities) on the 500 GB system drive which came with the Mac Pro. I have two additional drives (750 GB and 1 TB) which I have installed and are currently empty. My plan is to use the 750 GB for data and the 1 TB for backups. I want to install XP in a Fusion VM (no Boot Camp) to run a couple of apps which run only under Windows. Is there a "best method" of setting up a VM with Fusion which would be better than accepting the default installation to the system drive? Would there be any advantage to partition part of the 750 GB drive and install Fusion there? Any other tips appreciated.
     
  2. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

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    Where you install Fusion itself is largely irrelevant. However what's important is where you create your Virtual Machines. If you have spare disks you may want to consider creating the virtual machines on those disks, then Windows is not sharing the same disk with OS X.

    If you change your mind later you can always just move a virtual machine from one disk to another by just dragging it about with Finder then pointing VMWare to the new location.
     
  3. MoWheels thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is the info I was looking for. I always search for the answer before posting, but didn't see this issue addressed. I wasn't sure if there was anything to be gained by storing the VM file in a separate partition. I didn't know if writing the file when suspending a session put other data on that drive in any increased jeopardy or not. I'm probably a bit too paranoid.
     

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