Store Virtual Machine Files on External Disk?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MattMJB0188, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    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


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    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.

  3. MattMJB0188 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
  4. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    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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