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Working with VMware Fusion and Boot Camp partitions (1014515)

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This article identifies options for using VMware Fusion with an already-installed Boot Camp partition.

For more information about Boot Camp, see the Apple Boot Camp Support page.

Note: The preceding link was correct as of December 9, 2014. If you find the link is broken, provide feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.


VMware Fusion has two ways of working with an already-installed Boot Camp partition:

Additional Information

Note: When launching a Boot Camp partition directly, these Fusion features are unavailable:
  • Suspend and resume
  • Mirrored folders
  • Snapshots and AutoProtect
  • Virtual disk backup
  • Encryption & Restrictions
  • Virtual machine's hard disk resize
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 the Windows Hibernate feature but the VMware implementation differs so the two are not 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, and 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.

See Also

Update History

08/23/2012 - Added Fusion 5.x to Products 09/06/2013 - Added Fusion 6.x to Products

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