Parallels and Time Machine

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Guest OS Discussion' started by Luvntravln, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. Luvntravln


    I have just installed Parallels and W8.1; I am running 10.9.3

    I am only running one program on P; a medical monitor data program. Might add just one more - a photography program.

    TM backs up three discs: Mac HD, Data disc that replaced the optical dive, one external HD.

    Is there anything I need to do regarding TM now that I am running P?

  2. Mervin@Parallels

    Mervin@Parallels Guest

    Hello Luvntravln,

    Your Time Machine will also back up Windows 8.1. It's one of the easiest ways to keep your Virtual Machine safe. When backing up the Virtual Machine, it will only backup the recent changes (the latest snapshot), but not the whole virtual hard drive. Thus, the backup process will take less time and use less space on your Time Machine storage device.

    If you do not want your virtual machine to be backed up by Time Machine: Go to Virtual Machine Configuration( > switch to Security tab > check the "Time Machine: do not backup with Time machine" checkbox

    For more details in backing up Virtual Machine with Time Machine you can follow the steps at:

    Let us know if you have any additional questions.
  3. jjdonn



    I understand the procedure described in but I am not clear on how to restore the windows VM. I am quite familiar with the mac TimeMachine am not clear how the VM and is restored from just the latest snapshot. Please describe a step by step procedure.
    Thanks in advance.
  4. GC_YVR

    GC_YVR Bit Poster

    I assume you are trying to restore a Windows VM from a Time Machine backup outside Windows (ie with MacOS as a host and Windows as guest).

    In Time Machine / MacOS eyes, a Windows VM which has been shutdown is just a large file with a suffix .pvm.

    So to restore a Windows VM just enter the Time Machine and find the pvm file from date past and drag it back to the present, you will have restored the Windows VM.

  5. JohnNash

    JohnNash Bit Poster

    I have NEVER been able to get this particular feature to work. It always seems to back up the entire VHD rather than just the snapshots. Is there any way to troubleshoot it?


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