I have reviewed several discussions of the Parallels Image tool where people are trying to do something similar to me, but nothing really mirrors the problem I am having. Running Parallels Desktop 5 (5.0.9310 rev 546799) Host OS = Mac OSX 105.8 Virtural OS = WindowsXP - SP3 - NTFS 1. I start Parallels Image Tool by: G0>Applications>Parallels>Parallels Image Tool - Screen title is "Introduction" 2. Hit 'Continue' 3. prompted to 'Specify the path to your virtual disk image file' - I choose what I think is the appropriate .hdd file, which is located in the pvm bundle at path /%ComputerName%/Documents/Parallels/My Boot Camp.pvm/Hitachi(disk0).hdd 4. Click 'choose' 5. Click 'continue' - ERROR: 'Image Tool is unable to process the file. The specified hard disk image file is either a read-only file or is in use by another application. Make sure that you have the permission to write to this file and it is not used by another program' I made sure the VM is off. I'm pretty sure I should have permission to write to this file, (but how do I double check this). How now?