I am thinking of buying parallels to install windows to use a couple of important programs for University. I was wondering if it was possible to copy a partition straight from my old windows hard drive (which still works fine) from my broken old computer to my new hard drive on my mac and use it in parallels or vmware.
asked Oct 31 '12 at 18:41
Parallels offers a secondary program called 'Parallels Transporter' ($10 in the app store) that will connect to your Windows PC and transfer it over into a VM.
VMware offers a free tool on the other hand called 'VMware vCenter Converter' that is more powerful, and gives you more options to customize your move.
You can find the tool here : http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/features.html
I greatly prefer VMware over Parallels right now. Parallels customer service is terrible, and performance is sluggish in my experience compared to VMware.