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Creating a new OS X virtual machine from the recovery partition in VMware Fusion (2056798)

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VMware Fusion 6.x and above have a feature to create a new OS X virtual machine from the recovery partition on the Mac. This article provides steps to use this feature.


To create a new OS X virtual machine from the recovery partition:
  1. Start VMware Fusion.
  2. Navigate to File > New from the Fusion menu bar. The Create a Virtual machine wizard opens.
    Note: In Fusion 8.x, select the Installation Method wizard and proceed to step 4.

  3. Click More Options.
  4. Select Install OS X from the recovery partition.
  5. Click Continue.

    VMware Fusion looks for the recovery partition on the Mac and presents an option to create a New Mac OS X Virtual Machine.

  6. Enter the virtual machine name in the Save As: option.
  7. Select the location of the virtual machine. By default, virtual machine bundles are stored in Macintosh HD/Users/User name/Documents/Virtual Machines.
  8. Click Save.
  9. Click Finish after VMware Fusion completes the virtual machine creation.

    Note: You can customize the virtual machine settings by using the Customize Settings option on the Finish screen.

  10. Power on the virtual machine and setup your Mac OS X as you do for a new Apple Mac.

See Also

Update History

08/21/2014 - Updated for Fusion 7.x

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