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Mounting .vhdp files??
Authored by: interlard on Apr 26, '06 12:56:03PM

.vhdp files can be mounted in the Finder?? I'm sure I tried that and it didn't work.

I have VPC6 and have been trying to figure out how to get the HD image out of VPC and into Parallels. Does anyone have any experience with this (or anything like it)?



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Mounting .vhdp files??
Authored by: _merlin on Apr 26, '06 06:46:43PM

I've done it using Acronis TrueImage, although I wouldn't go and spend the money on TrueImage for a one-off. You could probably use other imaging utilities, too.

1. Share a folder on the Mac with SMB (I used the SharePoints utility for this)
2. Boot VPC with TrueImage CD image and create an image of the virtual hard disk on the SMB share.
4. Boot Parallels with TrueImage CD image and restore image from SMB share.

Note that you can't move a Windows installation in this fashion. Windows tailors itself for the (possibly virtual) machine it's installed on, and won't necessarily work on different (possibly virtual) hardware. It is useful for moving an NTFS data disk, though.



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Mounting .vhdp files??
Authored by: victory on Apr 27, '06 11:38:11AM

Yes, the Finder can mount some .vphd files, but only ones that are FAT16, FAT32 or NTFS formatted (I'm not absolutely sure of this, but I'm willing to bet that NTFS support is Read-Only) and are not attached to VM that is currently running or in a saved state.

While I've never worked with Parallels Workstation, I've had great success moving OS installations between VPC virtual machines using Norton Ghost booting under DOS. It's a bit kludgey since you have to go through the trouble of mounting a secondary HD volume to hold the resulting ghost image file, but it works quite when the guest OS is Windows-based.



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