How to auto-mount Windows drives on macOS

Discussion in 'Windows Guest OS Discussion' started by Waldgeist, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. Waldgeist

    Waldgeist Bit Poster

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    I am regularly mounting my Windows drives as a network drive on macOS. What drives me mad is that I always have to do this manually, by accessing the drive via Finder's network environment. Only if I do that, the drive is mounted and can be accessed. If I just try to access it via a third party application (e.g. Visual Studio Code), it is not accessible and the applications report errors. Is there a way to auto-mount the Windows drives as soon as the VM is started?
     
  2. Arun@Parallels

    Arun@Parallels Parallels Support

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    Hi @tomb , please go to Configure > Options > Sharing > Share Windows > Check "Mount Windows drive on mac" . Once this option is enabled your Windows drive should be mounted every time when you start Parallels Desktop. If this doesn't happen. Please try to uninstall and reinstall Parallels Desktop for mac.
     
  3. Waldgeist

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    Hi Arun, thanks for the fast response. I had this checked already. Will try a re-install now.
     
  4. Waldgeist

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    Ok, I re-installed Parallels, but the problem persists. I cannot access the mounts via 3rd party applications (like VS Code) before I access them in Finder first.
    BTW: There seems to be an error in the German UI texts, too. The dialog tells me that mounted drives would be available under "Shared" in Finder's side bar. In fact, I find them under "Network".
     
  5. Sathiya@Parallels

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    Please start the virtual machine, take a screenshot of the Finder window and reply with the same.
     
  6. Waldgeist

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    This is how it looks like. I can see the Windows 10 VM under "Network", as well as the folders below it (C, One Drive). But they are not available to other programs (like VS Code) unless I explicitly open them in Finder. After that, everything works as expected. Seems as if a mount does not take place automatically and is only triggered if Finder accesses the remote folder first.
     

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  7. Sathiya@Parallels

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    If the virtual machine's volumes are not mounted on Mac OS X desktop, go to Finder > Preferences > General and make sure that the Connected servers option is selected.
     
  8. Waldgeist

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    As stated above, this option is already checked. Please find a screenshot of my settings attached to this post.
    I even re-installed Parallels Desktop from scratch.
     

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  9. Waldgeist

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    The screenshot also shows that the German interface texts are misleading. There is no "Freigegeben" (Shared) area in Finder. Instead, I can find the VM under "Network".
     
  10. VivR

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    Was there any update to this issue. I'm also having the same issue.

    Have the finder preferences checked but only see the windows VM and its drives under the Network section after launching finder and navigating to the VM instance from network.

    It's also terribly slow to access the windows drives from OSX to the point of making it useless if its a git repo or so on.

    Drives mapped from OSX to windows works great. Just looking for a decent option for the reverse
     
  11. Maria@Parallels

    Maria@Parallels Parallels Team

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    Did you try this KB article?
    Please let us know if it's not that case.
     
  12. VivR

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    hmm that article states it is to be used when the VM is turned off, so did not try that before.
    I did however just try that too after shutting down the VM just to test(in normal use I need the VM running too ofc).

    After launching the VM with parallels mounter(when the VM is off), does get me three drives listed in finder. Two that were recovery partitions and one which is my actual C drive in the VM. The mapped drive names were not correct. My C drive appeared as D in finder. not a big issue.

    In terminal under /Volumes they do not have the same mapped name as finder. Attaching a screenshot to show what I see in finder vs terminal.

    Ignoring the weird mapped names, if I navigate to the VM partition that is my C drive on windows, the main issue of performance is still terrible as soon as I navigate to any git repos or folders that are slightly large to the extents of simple git commands like status even take about a minute to execute. This is the the no deal problem that I'm not able to work around as I intended to use OSX as my development machine managing the git repos and switch into VM for testing. Right now I'm just not able to access and use the windows drives from OSX just due to its performance being terrible.

    I even tried setting my C drive as a network share and connecting to it via smb in OSX and the performance is still very very slow making it unusable.
     

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