Store Virtual Machine Files on External Disk?

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  1. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    MattMJB0188

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    My question is pretty simple. Can I store virtual machine files on an external disk? I use Parallels 5 and have an Intel X 25 160 SSD and to conserve space I was wondering if I can move the virtual machine file out of Users/Me/Documents/Parallels folder to an external disk and load it from there?

    I tried and received an error message. Something about a pvm file not compatible? Hopefully I worded my question right lol. Thanks
     
  2. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    I tend to use VMWare, and this is definitely not an issue there. I even have some VMs on my NAS. Hopefully some Parallels user may be able to help.

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  3. MattMJB0188 thread starter macrumors 68000

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  4. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Yes, I've done this using Parallels ... in fact I just did it using a backup to double check. My external drive is FW800, HFS+ formatted.

    Not sure what your error is about. What's the exact error?

    I've even run Parallels VMs over a network. Not recommended, it's so slow. It's better to use a Firewire 800 drive (or eSata if your computer supports is) since USB or FW400 will be slow (usable, but the speed difference is noticeable).
     

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