Vmware 3.0 and Bootcamp.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by wotanub, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. wotanub macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2010
    I purchased Windows 7 today (Yay!) and I'm going to put it on my iMac. I was chating with the guy at the store, and he said that in the past, people have had performance problems while running a Bootcamp partition in VMware. Does anyone know if this is still the case with VWmare 3.0?
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    There is a slight performance penalty from using a real filesystem as your VM as opposed to a dedicated virtual filesystem. Something to do with it having to translate from the real filesystem to a virtual one anyhow...

    Wether that is significant or not depends on what you are trying to actually do with Windows, and how often you will run it virtualized or native.

  3. wotanub thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2010
    Just an update:
    The guy at the store and the poster above were correct, there is a slow-down. It's fine for now I guess, I would only use it if I needs file from the Windows partion or need to run a program on the fly, but I wouldn't be able to actually work in Windows 7 unless I ran it nativley.

    I did a little reasearch on the Internet, and some are saying that there is no slow-down in Parralels. I don't know if that holds water based on the post above, but I will look into it. Cheers.

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