Can't Access Windows Drives From Mac

Discussion in 'Windows Guest OS Discussion' started by JamesMcDowell, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. JamesMcDowell

    JamesMcDowell Bit Poster

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    I'm running Parallels 11 on 10.13.6. The reason is twofold, one I can use the "Full Screen Mode" in P11 without blacking out my other two displays. The second is that it's that last version where I can use more than 4 virtual processors and 8 gigs of ram without having to buy a subscription. Truthfully, that doesn't happen much, it's mainly for the issue with the displays.

    In any event, I have a couple NTFS drives that Parallels VMs take full control of when they boot (configured under the hardware tab in settings.) The reason for that is that there are thousands of files on these drives catalogued via a database system that gets corrupted when I'm simply sharing the drives from the Mac side via Parallels.

    I have Sharing > Access Windows drives from Mac and the Mount on Desktop option selected. This has worked great for years, till recently. Now only the Windows C: drive (the virtual one) is shared with the Mac side, the other drives are not. I'm not sure when this started, I'm thinking that the 10.13.6 upgrade may have had something to do with it.

    If I turn off the "Access Windows Folders from Mac" option the C: drive disappears as expected. Turning it back on the C: drive reappears, but not the other drives.

    This now has created the situation where the photos stored on those other attached dives are not accessible from the Mac side for editing. Open in Mac does not work. I cannot navigate in Mac finder to those folders either. However this will work with any files on the virtual C: drive which is sharing correctly.

    I've been digging through the forum for days, trying different approaches to fix this without any luck.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Edit:

    Perhaps this is a clue, I uninstalled and reinstalled Parallels. I double checked that under Parallels General Preferences>Devices>Mirror Windows-connected drive on Mac was selected. I started one of the windows VMs and when it booted I had the connected raid array showing up on my desktop (Hooray!) but only the raid array, not the C: drive. I toggled the share windows folder option for the VM on and off and the raid array on the Mac desktop was replaced with the C: drive. So it would seem that maybe Parallels is only allowing one drive to be shared and that is actually the real issue. (?)
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2018
  2. Arun@Parallels

    Arun@Parallels Parallels Support

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    Hi @JamesMcDowell , please go to configure > options > Sharing > Select "All Disks" and check if that helps.
     
  3. JamesMcDowell

    JamesMcDowell Bit Poster

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    Thanks Arun, but there is no "All Disks" option. Just "Access Windows folders from Mac" and "Shortcuts to virtual disks on Mac desktop" (plus the "Share One Drive" which is not selected.)
     
  4. Arun@Parallels

    Arun@Parallels Parallels Support

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    Hi @JamesMcDowell , please let us know what are the drives you are expecting to get displayed on your mac using sharing option in Parallels Desktop for mac.
     

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