Using Boot Camp Partition in Virtual Machine
If you have a Boot Camp partition, you can create a virtual machine that will use Boot Camp partition as its hard disk or import Windows from this Boot Camp partition to a new virtual machine or use this partition as a data disk in virtual machines.
Creating a Boot Camp Virtual Machine
To create a new virtual machine for using the Boot Camp Windows partition, do the following:
After that, you will be able to boot into your Boot Camp partition from Parallels virtual machine or use it as usual by booting into the Windows partition.
Note: This version of Parallels Desktop allows you to suspend your Boot Camp virtual machines. If a Boot Camp virtual machine is suspended, it is highly recommended that you do not use the Boot Camp partition. Otherwise when you resume the virtual machine, it will store all the changes you made to the Boot Camp partition when the virtual machine was suspended.
There is a number of limitations for a Parallels virtual machine that uses the Boot Camp Windows partition either as a bootable volume or as a data disk:
Note: There are no limitations on types of users who can access the Boot Camp Windows partition from a virtual machine. You can log into Windows even if you don't have administrator rights.
Importing Data from Boot Camp to a New Virtual Machine
Parallels Desktop allows you to import the Boot Camp data to Parallels virtual machines. In such virtual machines, the Boot Camp data becomes available on .hdd images. As a result, such a virtual machine is in no way connected to the Boot Camp partition and it can be paused, compressed, and have snapshots.
To create such a virtual machine, follow these steps:
Note: You will be able to work with the original Boot Camp virtual machine as well.
Using Boot Camp as Data Disk
To use the Boot Camp Windows partition as a data disk, add it as a hard disk to an existing Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 virtual machine. The Windows operating system will automatically recognize it as a new disk. For detailed information on adding hard disks to Virtual Machine Configuration, see Adding and Removing Devices.