Installing OSX VM on USB

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop on a Mac with Apple silicon' started by vincenzos3, Feb 23, 2022.

  1. vincenzos3

    vincenzos3 Bit poster

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    Hello!
    I'd like to install an OSX virtual machine on a USB, but unfortunately when I move to a USB the file automatically created by parallels (ext. .macvm) and I try to run it the error Cannot retrieve the hardware model data parallels appears, and it closes.
    Is it maybe related to the strange .macvm extension?
    Thanks,
    Vincenzo.
     
  2. vincenzos3

    vincenzos3 Bit poster

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    EDIT: I'm trying to use the VM on the same computer which created it, but stored on a USB pen. No problems with a distrolinux VM, whose extension is .pvm
     
  3. RichardD30

    RichardD30 Member

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    Were you able to solve this? Experiencing the same issue trying to transfer a `.macvm` vm to a new instance. It works on one but not the other after trasnferring.
     
  4. MatthewR20

    MatthewR20 Most valuable person

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    macOS VMs only fully work on APFS disks. However, it's possible to run a macOS VM on an external drive formatted in exFAT format if your host operating system is macOS Sonoma 14 or newer.
    https://kb.parallels.com/128867
     

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