Parallels Transporter offers you several typical migration scenarios depending on the purpose of migration. After you make up your mind and choose the scenario, you can refer to Parallels Transporter Help for further instructions on the selected scenario of migration.
Using Parallels Transporter, you can migrate:
When migrating from a remote computer, you can use one of the following ways of transferring information:
When migrating data from a remote Windows or Linux computer, Parallels Transporter transfers data from the specified volume(s) of the source computer to a newly created Parallels virtual hard disk (
Migrating Using the Parallels USB Cable
This is the easiest and fastest way of migration. Before starting the migration, you connect your host and source computers with the help of the Parallels USB cable. The Parallels USB cable is sold separately from Parallels Desktop. To use this migration scenario, you should buy this cable. On the source computer, you have Parallels Transporter Agent installed, while the host computer has Parallels Transporter installed.
Before you start the migration, you need to start Parallels Transporter Agent on the source computer and Parallels Transporter on the host computer. Parallels Transporter connects to Parallels Transporter Agent. Transporter Agent collects data on the source computer and transfers it to Parallels Transporter. Parallels Transporter saves the source computer data in a Parallels virtual machine or virtual disk on the host computer.
Note: This migration scenario is available for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 7 (supported experimentally) source physical computers only.
Migrating Over Network
Migrating over network assumes that your source computer and your Mac are connected to the same network. On the source computer, you have Parallels Transporter Agent installed, while your Mac has Parallels Transporter installed.
Before you start the migration, you need to start Parallels Transporter Agent on the source computer and Parallels Transporter on your Mac. Parallels Transporter connects to Parallels Transporter Agent. Transporter Agent collects data on the source computer and transfers it to Parallels Transporter.
Migrating Using the FireWire Cable
For migrating the Windows XP source computers, you can also use the FireWire connection. You can try to migrate a source computer with Linux or other Windows operating system using FireWire, but it may require additional drivers installation or setting some parameters. For migrating using FireWire, you should have the FireWire cable and FireWire ports in your source and host computers. The procedure for migrating using FireWire is the same as for migratin over network.
Migrating From a Remote Computer Using an External Storage Device
In this type of migration, Parallels Transporter Agent migrates data from your physical Windows or Linux computer to a virtual machine whose files are saved on a USB drive or other removable storage device connected to the source computer. Then you connect this storage device to your Mac and launch Parallels Transporter. Parallels Transporter migrates your resulting virtual machine or virtual disk to your Mac. After that, you open the virtual machine files in Parallels Desktop and work with your virtual machine or connect the resulting virtual disk to an existing virtual machine. This process requires more time than migrating over network, but can be useful when there is no way to connect your source computer to your Mac.
Migrating From a Third-party Virtual Machine
With Parallels Transporter, you can easily migrate data from a Microsoft Virtual PC (including Virtual PCs with preinstalled trial Windows Vista or Windows XP), VMware, or VirtualBox virtual machine or virtual hard disk to a bootable Parallels virtual machine or Parallels virtual hard disk. Parallels Transporter converts the third-party virtual machine files into the Parallels format, leaving the applications and data intact. During the migration, Parallels Transporter creates a virtual machine configuration file (
You can also migrate a Microsoft Virtual PC, VMware, or VirtualBox virtual hard disk to a bootable Parallels virtual machine if the disk has an operating system installed.
Migrating From a Boot Camp Partition
With Parallels Transporter, you can migrate your Boot Camp partition to a bootable Parallels virtual machine or Parallels virtual hard disk for using in Parallels Desktop for Mac. There are three methods you can use when migrating from a Boot Camp partition: