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How to transfer VMWare Fusion vmdk file or partition to a new iMac

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Hi;

I have VMWare Fusion on my old iMac in which Windows XP is in the VM, how can I transfer this VM from the old iMac to my new iMac?

On the old iMac, I found a drive icon on my desktop showing "Untitled" HD, I believed; this is the partition to store my Windows XP vm.
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by:GuruChiu
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properly shutdown those VM and just copy those over.

By default Fusion store the VMs in a folder Virtual Machines inside your document folder. However you can store it anywhere. In your Virtual Machine setting, click on the virtual disk and it will show you which file it is.
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by:KANEWONG
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Can I copy it over firewire?  and how?
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This is what I do when I purchase a new MBP last year:

Shutdown old mac
Connect the two Mac using firewire
Power up the old mac and force it into firewire target disk mode
Power/wke up the new mac
Copy files over
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by:KANEWONG
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this is what I did, but the VM file does not copy over.
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what error you got when you try to copy?
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