Migrating from external Boot HDD

Discussion in 'Windows Virtual Machine' started by Daniel_dbb, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. Daniel_dbb

    Daniel_dbb Bit poster

    Unfortunately (or not) my PC workstation crashed irreparable for motherboard. Boot SSD with Windows 7 remains OK.

    Is there any way to migrate Windows 7 at ext SSD to Parallels?

    I tried with Transporter but there is no option to migrate from External HDD.
    I don't want to migrate Windows from PC which hosts Boot SSD from exWorkstation.

    Thank you!
  2. Greenwood Digital

    Greenwood Digital Member

    Not easily, no.

    In the past I've created a Windows VM and then attached the external hard drive as a second hard drive to the Windows VM. Then I use backup or cloning software to clone the HD to a third hard drive (the third one being a virtual hard drive created in Parallels which is the same size as the external hard drive). Then I create a second VM with the third hard drive as it's only drive and as its boot drive. Boot the new VM and hope for the best.
  3. joevt

    joevt Forum Maven

    Connect the harddrive to the Mac, create a Boot Camp virtual machine pointing to the hard drive, then use "Import Boot Camp...".

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