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PARALLELS: Can I convert a .DMG or a Bootcamp partition to .HDD?

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I have a Bootcamp partition with an XP install. I have also imaged the partition as a .DMG via Disk Utility. I would like to convert one of those to a full virtual disk (.hdd) to be used in Parallels. I know I can "access" the Bootcamp partition in parallels and that it will appear as an virtual disk, but that is not what I want to do. I want to fully convert the .DMG or Bootcamp partition into a standalone .hdd virtual disk.

From what I understand, VMware Fusion provides an option to convert a bootcamp install into a VMware vmdk file. If this is the case, and Parallels cannot, I made the wrong purchase!
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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
    Parallels is able to use a Boot Camp partition with Windows as a VM on its own. You don't have to convert anything. It might help if you read the documentation for the product before trying to use it.

    In the future if you have a question about Parallels you should post it at the Parallels' forums. The Apple Discussions are for Apple products. If your question is about Windows or Boot Camp on the Mac, then there are two dedicated forums for each, and you should post in those forums.
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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
    Well, I disagree. The question is about Parallels, not OS X.

    Install Parallels. It will discover your Boot Camp installation and should automatically create the VM. If it doesn't then simply create a new VM and choose the option to use your Boot Camp Windows. And, when you get the box, read the manual.

    Seems you are jumping the gun trying to figure out what to do without the product in hand. And, you do not migrate anything. The Transporter is used to migrate from a real PC or a VM created by another virtualization product like VM Fusion.

    BTW, Parallels' web site has a demo you can view. And you can download the documentation here.

    Message was edited by: Kappy
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  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,150 points)
    It has been awhile, but I think all of to do is renamed the .DMG to .HDD.

    This assumes .DMG is a fix size image without any compression.
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