Changing Image Tool temporary space location

Discussion in 'Parallels Image Tool' started by aggelosp, May 10, 2008.

  1. aggelosp


    I'm trying to use Image Tool for converting a plain disk VM to an expanding one. However I don't have enough space in my main MBP HDD. Is there a way to redirect the temporary file to another location?

    Thank you in advance,

  2. Stuw

    Stuw Parallels Developers

    You can try to create symbolic link to your disk image on another HDD. Parallels Image Tool will process image on HDD where symlink is located :)

    to create simlink type in colnsole
    >ln -s <full path to hdd image> <new place>

    NOTE: '>' just show that text must be typed in console

    For example:
    You have two external drives. On is /Volumes/MyHdd1, and second is /Volumes/MyHdd2
    Image located on /Volumes/MyHdd1 in folder Parallels/hdds/WinXP.hdd
    Drive on /Volumes/MyHdd1 have NOT enough free space.
    Drive on /Volumes/MyHdd2 have enough free space.
    Just create link:
    >ln -s /Volumes/MyHdd1/Parallels/hdds/WinXP.hdd /Volumes/MyHdd2/NewFolder/windows_xp.hdd

    In Parallels Image Tool open image from /Volumes/MyHdd2.

    That's all :)

    p.s. after Parallels Image Tool finishes it's work you will have a modified copy of your disk image in /Volumes/MyHdd2 and simlink that was not removed by Image Tool (with .copy extension) :) You can remove this simlink (source image and new image are still alive)

    WBR, Stuw
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2008

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