Converting Virtualbox .vdi File To Parallels Workstation 9 For Mac

For somecuriousthat one daythey might encounterthis situationas I do,followthe procedurefor convertinga virtual machine thatoperatesin ParallelstoVirtualBox, a simpleand practical way.

As user of a more recent version of Parallels Desktop, 12 at the time of writing, you might have heard about the famous “Parallels Image Tool”. This tool appears in various place on the web when it comes to the question on how to convert a Parallels virtual machine to something VirtualBox or a VMware product can understand. Aug 07, 2020 This file will be mounted in your virtual machine later on in the article, so it’s very important that this step is completed successfully. Creating a mac Virtual Machine on Windows. You’ll want to create a virtual machine, and this is really easy. You’ll open up VirtualBox and click New. Jul 11, 2019 Parallels Desktop data files end with.pvm. VMware files end with.vm (.vmx for older versions). Virtual PC files end with.vmc. VirtualBox files end with.xml or.vbox. You can also simply drag a Parallels.pvm file to the Parallels Virtual Machines list to add it to Parallels Desktop.

FileFirst step is:Converting Virtualbox .vdi File To Parallels Workstation 9 For Mac
Backup 'HD File of your VM', the important thing here is copy/backup '.hds' to 'hdd' to another name|path|directory, something like this:
On 'Terminal', using 'cp' to copy .hds file to .hdd example:
sp4wnr0ot$ cp -i ˜/Documents/Parallels/win7.pvm/Windows7-0.hdd.0.{5fbaabe3-6958-40ff-92a7-860e329aab41}.hds ~/vms-converted/win7.hdd

Second and last step:

Open VirtualBox, New Virtual Machine and then 'Import Disk From an Existing File', Navigate to previous file copied 'win7.hdd', that's it.

Guest blog by Padman Krishna, Parallels Support Team

Are you looking for a better virtualization experience and planning to switch to Parallels Desktop? Here’s an easy way to transform your existing virtual machine.

There are few things you need to do before converting a VM. First, make sure you have a backup copy of your VM. For example, VMware has a .vmx extension, Virtual PC is .vmc and Virtual Box is .vbox.


Second, make sure you’ve deleted third-party tools from your VM (VirtualBox tools, VMware tools, etc.). If you haven’t done that yet, go to Control Panel Programsand Features to remove the tools.

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Next, make sure that the “Split Disk” option is disabled in your VM hard disk settings. This might sound like another language to some, but no worries – it’s not that hard:

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The final thing to do is to shut down the VM completely (suspending or pausing it isn’t enough). Pretty simple, right?

Once all of these steps are completed, you now can convert the VM.

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  • Open Parallels Desktop and go to File Open.
  • Navigate to the VM file you would like to convert, then click Open.
  • Convert the VM by choosing the location where you would like to save the file.
  • Once the VM starts, go to ActionsInstall Parallels Tools and follow the onscreen instructions.

We hope this blog post helped you decide to run Windows on your Mac and convert your VM to Parallels Desktop for Mac!

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