Parallels Desktop Lite - Install of Sierra on Mac running El Capitan - which hard drive?

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration' started by SofiaA, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. SofiaA

    SofiaA Bit Poster

    My Macbook Pro is running El Capitan because my drafting software isn't compatible with Sierra (whole other gripe). I am trying to install Sierra in Parallels Lite because I need it to run the latest version of TurboTax. I had no problem installing Parallels Lite, but when I go to install Sierra it asks me which Hard Drive to install on and the only Hard Drive showing up is one that it says has 68GB of space. I am confused because I have way less than 68GB of space on my main Hard Drive and therefore I'm not confident that this installation is happening only within Parallels and isn't going to override my El Capitan installation. I am attaching screen shot of what I'm seeing.
    (Note the instructions really only tell you how to install Windows in Parallels, so I'm not finding them helpful.)

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  2. Arun@Parallels

    Arun@Parallels Parallels Support

    Hi @SofiaA , please take a back up of your El capitan virtual machine before installing High Sierra.
  3. Elric

    Elric Parallels Developers

    It is ok. Parallels creates a virtual disk for VM. It is ok if your real hard disk has say 10GB spave and Parallels says that virtual disk size is say 200GB. This will not overwrite anything. If real data size written to virtual disk will exceed the available space on real disk, Parallels will display a message, saying that no space left of real disk and will suggest to free some data. Nothing will be erased.
  4. SofiaA

    SofiaA Bit Poster

    Thank you!!! I am all installed and Sierra is running in Parallels. I am now installing TurboTax, but it seems a little glitchy...flickering screen. Wondering if there are any negative side effects to clicking on Free Up Disk Space and will that help?

    P.S. Can I just say, being old enough to remember a world before amazing it is that this all actually works. Thank you for a wonderful product.

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