Working with VMware Fusion and Boot Camp partitions (1014515)
This article identifies options for using VMware Fusion with an already-installed Boot Camp partition.
For more information about Boot Camp, see http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp .
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VMware Fusion has two ways of working with an already-installed Boot Camp partition:
- Launch it directly. For more information, see Launching a Boot Camp Partition in VMware Fusion (1014618) .
- Import it, which copies an existing Boot Camp partition into an independent virtual machine. This does not affect or remove the Boot Camp partition. For more information, see Importing a Boot Camp Partition in VMware Fusion(1015088) .
Note: When launching a Boot Camp partition directly, these Fusion features are unavailable:
- Suspend and Resume
- Mirrored Folders
- Snapshots and AutoProtect
- Virtual disk backup
Those features are unavailable because they would conflict with using Boot Camp natively, or because they require a virtual disk.
Suspend and resume save the contents of the RAM to disk; this works similarly to Windows Hibernate feature but is implemented differently and so the two are not inter-compatible.
Mirrored folders redirect the Windows directories to the Mac directories; the Mac directories are not available in Boot Camp.
Snapshots capture the contents of the RAM and create a supplementary virtual disk; AutoProtect is a feature derived from the multiple snapshot feature, which allows you to have more than one snapshot at a time. Snapshots and AutoProtect rely on a virtual parent disk, whereas Boot Camp uses a physical disk. As such, it is impossible to take a snapshot or use AutoProtect with a Boot Camp partition.