Easily Convert a Boot Camp Partition to VMWare

Dec 2, 2007 - 3 Comments

Boot Camp

Many of us intel Mac OS X users installed Boot Camp partitions so we could run Windows or Linux on the same machine as our Mac. Boot Camp is great, but it’s annoying when you have to reboot just to access the other operating system, which is why something like VMWare is so useful.

If you’ve been using Boot Camp for a while though, you probably don’t want to lose what you’ve been working on within that partition. That’s where this comes in, you can convert a boot camp partition (well, technically any Linux or Windows partition!) to a VMWare virtual machine, so that it can run inside the virtualization software.

Sound great? We thought so too. It may sound complicated, but it’s not. Good old MurphyMac has a great and easy to follow screencast on how to convert your Boot Camp partition to a VMWare Virtual Machine – no more rebooting!

You’ll want to download the VMWare Converter app here before getting started, then check out MurphyMac Screencast: Convert Boot Camp partition to a VMWare Virtual Machine to see the detailed walkthrough from start to finish.

Let us know how it works for you!


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Posted by: David Mendez in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. msbob says:

    can you convert a vmware partition into boot camp?

  2. BobbyW says:

    With Fusion you can’t suspend a vm that’s based on Boot Camp. Every time you want to use it you have to boot it. You can’t do snapshots either.

  3. Chuck says:

    What’s the incentive to remove the BootCamp partition – other than maybe to increase the size of the virtual machine’s disk?

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