Parallels and External Hard Drives (HFS+, NTFS)

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Mac' started by henryo11, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. henryo11

    henryo11

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    I'm considering purchasing Parallels 3 but I have a few concerns regarding its capabilities.

    1. Have the USB 2.0/External Hard Drive issues been resolved?
    I want to run MixMeister, a Windows only BPM scanning program, on my MP3 collection, which resides on an HFS+ formatted external hard drive. Will parallels be able to perform this task properly?

    2. Can I use parallels to access NTFS formatted external USB hard drives in the windows and/or mac environment?

    3. A previous build of Parallels had issues when booting from Boot Camp partitions. Has this been resolved 100%? I do not want to risk trashing my Boot Camp partition by running Parallels.
     
  2. soundevolution

    soundevolution

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    I've got an external USB drive and it's easy to access in Mac or WinParallels (v3 XP sp2).

    Caveats:
    - Selecting the USB device does not do a clean 'unmount' it simply detaches it from the Finder, just like pulling the cable out.
    - Parallels will not start (or restart) a virtual machine with more than 1 DOS volume visible to the machine. (Must be unmounted and physically disconnected).

    So long as you have the external drive disconnected before you start, everything's fine.

    -matt
     
  3. Stuart.

    Stuart.

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    In other words, the issue hasn't gone away then. Parallels used to be able to start a VM with an external USB drive connected (a couple of versions ago now).

    Re the clean "unmount", once the VM is running, and you plug in a USB drive (and don't use autoconnect), you can unmount the drive from OSX, and then tell Parallels to mount it for the VM - saves the "You idiot - you didn't unmount the drive before removing it" message that OSX gives you (yeah, ok, it doesn't actually say that, but that's what it means ;) )

    If the drive is HFS+ (or NTFS for that matter), why not use a firewire cable (if the case can take one) - saves the USB hassles! I gave up on USB connected drives, and I'm in a much happier place now.
     
  4. soundevolution

    soundevolution

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    In my experience, FW drives behave exactly the same as USB. (My drive is both, and I get the same problems whether it's connected to FW or USB bus.)
     
  5. TimB21

    TimB21

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    Kind of similar question. I've got a Firewire drive I need to mount as I

    How do I do that?

    (if possible please make the expanation as simple as possible, I'm new to Parallels.)

    Thanks!

    -=Tim=-
     
  6. Raph7

    Raph7

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    La Cie external Hard Drive

    I'm using Parallels 3 on Boot Camp and I cannot connect my external HFS+ hard drive (as well with USB as with Firewire). When I go into the device menu and connect it with usb, it is harshly disconnected from mac os but it seems fine: windows tells me my new device is ready to use but I can't see it anywhere... I have MacDrive installed on Windows and it works when i'm under boot camp... Is there something to do or it just won't work?
    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2007

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