Support for Virtual and Real Disks
This section lists the types of disks that can be used by Parallels virtual machines and provides the information about basic operations you can perform on these disks.
Supported Types of Hard Disks
Parallels virtual machines use virtual hard disks as their hard disks.
Virtual Hard Disks
The capacity of a virtual hard disk can be set from 100 MB to 2 TB.
Virtual hard disks can be of either plain or expanding format. When you create a virtual machine in Express Windows or Typical mode (in the New Virtual Machine wizard), the disk is created in the expanding format.
A virtual disk of either format can be a single-piece disk or a split disk. A split disk is cut into 2 GB pieces and is stored as a single
CD/DVD Discs and Their Images
Parallels Workstation can access real CD/DVD discs and images of CD/DVD discs.
Parallels Workstation has no limitations on using multisession CD/DVD discs. Virtual machine can play back audio CDs without any limitations on copy-protected discs.
If your host computer has a recordable optical drive, you can use it to burn CD or DVD discs in a virtual machine.
Note: To burn CD or DVD discs in a virtual machine, the recordable optical drive should be connected to the virtual machine in the passthrough mode.
Parallels Workstation supports CD/DVD disc images in the ISO format. Parallels Workstation may also support CD/DVD disc images in the CUE and CCD formats.
Floppy Disks and Floppy Disk Images
Parallels Workstation can use two types of floppy disks:
Parallels Workstation treats floppy disk images like real diskettes. Parallels Workstation supports floppy disk image files that have
With Parallels Workstation, you can also create an image of a blank floppy using Floppy Disk pane of the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog.
Note: Parallels Workstation cannot create images of real diskettes.