When I install Ubuntu on Parallels, it says it may erase the disk


macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 29, 2010

Since there is no Linux on Mac category, I figured it would still make sense to post it here.

In the first step of Ubuntu installation on Parallels Desktop, the installation tells me "This computer currently has no detected operating systems."

The options are "Erase disk and install Ubuntu" and "Something else".

Is it gonna wipe out my whole Mac hard drive if I choose the first option? Or is it limited to the scope of the virtual machine? Note: I haven't defined any size for this virtual machine. All I did was start the VM from the iso image.

Thanks in advance. Regards


macrumors 68040
Apr 8, 2004
No. It's referring to the virtual disk you set up for Linux. Parallels can't erase your Mac HDD.
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.