2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2012 7:06 PM by Wattlebird
Cumbaw2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I recently installed a copy of Windows 7 in a Boot Camp partition and was pleased to see that Windows  allowed me to access files stored on my Mac's internal OS X boot partition.


So when running Windows in Boot Camp I can play sound files stored on my Mac's internal OS X partition in Windows audio applications.


But when I run Windows 7 in Parallels, Windows does not allow me access to files on my Mac's internal OS X boot partition.


This partition shows up as Local Disk E. When I try to access this Mac partition in Parallels I get a message that says "You need to format the disk in Drive E before you can use it," and also "E:\ is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."


Is there a way around this in Parallels? I would like to have access to media files on my Mac partition while running Windows in Parallels, not just in Boot Camp.


BTW, Windows 7 in Parallels recognizes external Mac-formatted Firewire drives and allows access to those files. It just is just not currently allowing access to my internal Mac boot partition.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: Access files on Mac boot drive in Windows 7 via Parallels?
    Cumbaw2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay. I bought Parallels — was previously running the trial version — and asked this question of the Parallels tech support team. Here is their reply:


    You can access your Mac files from the Network drive. Click on the Parallels shared folders on the Windows Desktop. In that folder you will find Home.psf and Host.psf. You can access the files from Home.psf and Host.psf folders.


    So my error was in assuming that I could access the internal Mac drive in Parallels as "Local Disk E," as in Boot Camp.


    From within Win 7 applications running  in Parallels, once I located "Home on 'psf' (Z)" at the very bottom of the list of volumes, I was good to go. All files on my Mac drive were accessible.


    And it worksgreat!

  • 2. Re: Access files on Mac boot drive in Windows 7 via Parallels?
    Wattlebird Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So what exactly is that Local Disk E that Cumbaw2 refers.

    I have similar but labelled as Local Disk F, which I cannot access until I format it. I don't want to do that until I know what it really is.