Setting up Parallels on SSD

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by nanohits, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. nanohits macrumors regular

    nanohits

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    #1
    Hi All,

    I will be getting my 12 core Mac Pro on Monday and I just want to check how this process works.

    Basically I will add the Extreme Pro 240GB from OWC. So this is what I plan to do.

    1. Install MacOSX on the SSD
    OR can I transfer the OS form the Terrabyte drive that comes stock with the MP?
    2. Install Parallels 6.0, set up the Virtual drive
    3. Plan to transfer my current Win 7 64bit through the network. This is where I am a bit confused. If I do the migration, will it boot to this OS just like I had on my Windows 7 pc with all the programs in it retained and will work as if I had the old PC?
    OR do I just install a fresh copy of WIn 7 and install all my programs I had on my PC before? Prefer not if the other options works.
    4. Plan to use both my 30" Dell Monitors. Anything special I need to do here?
    Main goal here is to have MacOS on the one monitor and Win 7 on the other monitor. Not sure if this is possible or if I can only pull up an app in WIn 7 in one screen.

    I would really appreciate some tips from resident experts on this whole process. Thanks for all your help.
     
  2. tomllama macrumors regular

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    #2
    You can use Carbon Copy to clone your boot drive to the SDD.

    I've not cloned via a network, but Parallels allows that just follow the directions to import you Win7 OS to the new virtual machine. You could also create a new Win7 installation for the new virtual machine from the DVD. In either case you will need to register the installation that you create with Parallels.

    I created a boot camp partition on the SSD, loaded Win7x64 onto it and once it was running, created a Parallels VM that uses the boot camp partition. That way I can run native Windows too. (It a bit faster that way)
     
  3. nanohits thread starter macrumors regular

    nanohits

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    Oh OK, this is definitely a good options as native Windows will be better I reckon but if I do this will I still be able to use the dual monitors of Win 7 and MAc OS on the 2 monitors? Maybe not?
     

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