VMware not seeing Boot Camp partition

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by arkitect, May 15, 2007.

  1. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Hi! Hope someone can help.
    I have a Mac Pro with XP installed via Boot Camp on an extra HDD — so it is not on the Mac OS X boot HDD.

    I currently have Parallels running perfectly off my Boot Camp partition. At first Parallels would also not recognise the Boot Camp as XP was installed on a "non-standard" install (ie. not on the boot HDD).
    However, after modifying the Disk 0:0 image = Boot Camp string in the .pvs file Parallels has no problems running off Boot Camp and it runs smoothly and with no problems.

    However, I would like to test out VMware as it apparently recognises more than one CPU (unlike Parallels?).

    Problem is the Boot Camp partition does not appear in the Virutal Machine Library… so cannot be used so necessitating an additional install of XP. (One too many for me.) :(

    Any ideas as to a work-around like I did to get Parallels working?

    Thanks and apologies for the long-winded post!! :)
  2. nospamboz macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2006
    According to discussion within the community forum at the VMWare
    Fusion Beta programme site:


    the current beta (3) of Fusion expects a "standard" Boot Camp layout
    with both Windows and MacOS partitions on the same drive. They realise
    this is a limitation and will fix it on the next beta release. As far as I can tell, no-one has come up with a workaround.

    I don't use Boot Camp, so I can't comment directly. It's probably best if
    you read the VMWare Fusion Beta forum yourself.
  3. arkitect thread starter macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Thanks for the help. Yes, I had a look before on the VMWare forum… but just thought there might be a solution "out in the wild" :p

    Looks like it is Parallels for now.
    Thanks again!


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