Parallels Desktop for Mac is showing 3 .vpm files: MyBootCamp.vpm (1.8 MB), MyBootCamp1.vpm (284 MB), and Windows7.vpm (124.6GB). I need to understand whether the latter file is an error or if correctly installed and working, how to manage its size.
PC: MacbookPro 8.2 (15in 'Late 2011 Model')
OS: Mac OSX Lion 10.7.5
Parallels Desktop: Version 9 for Mac; build 9.0.24237
HDD: (per system report)
1 HD, Total Capacity 750.16 GB
disk0s1(209.7 MB), Content: EFI
Macintosh HD (430.06 GB) Available: 48.12 GB, Content: Apple_HFS
Recovery HD (650 MB), Content: Apple_Boot
BOOTCAMP (249.29 GB), Available: 95.6 GB, Content: Microsoft Basic Data
My MBP was originally set up with a Bootcamp Partition on which to run Windows 7. The technician who initially configured it, with some difficulty, set it up at my request to use the same set of Windows 7 config files whether I was booting up directly/solely as a Windows PC (dual boot capability), or whether I was running Windows as a virtual machine under Parallels Desktop for Mac. About two weeks after I started using the original MBP, it had to be exchanged for a different (new) machine of the same model for unrelated reasons. The same tech re-did the configuration on the second MBP. I don't know how the second machine was configured (from scratch, or part of the installation from the first machine was copied over) but I'm mentioning this fact in case some of my issues are related to this second configuration. I've been using this MBP for two years and upgraded Parallels Desktop from version 7 to v9 through that period.
I am not certain but believe that I originally only had one .vpm file which Parallels Desktop accessed to run Windows 7 as a virtual machine when running under OS X. Based on the file creation dates, the original .vpm would appear to have been the MyBootCamp.vpm file (created 18 May 2012). The file MyBootCamp1.vpm shows a file creation date of 1 June 2012, consistent with the date my original MBP was replaced. The Window7.vpm file mentioned below shows a creation date of 18 May 2012 which suggests it would have first been created during the original configuration.
Presently, requesting a Virtual Machines List from Parallels Desktop 9 results in 2 virtual machines showing: MyBootCamp and MyBootCamp1. Finder reports their sizes as follows in the Documents/Parallels folder: MyBootCamp.vpm (1.8 MB) and MyBootCamp1.vpm (15.9 MB when this vpm is not running and 284 MB when it is running).
However, Finder also shows a third .vpm file in the Documents/Parallels folder: Windows7.vpm (124.64GB), though as noted above, this .vpm filename does not show up in the Virtual Machines List from Parallels Desktop 9.
Under Bootcamp, my Windows 7 installation and all of the associated apps and user data take up approximately 147 GB. This is part of the reason I don't understand the large size of the Windows7.vpm, which resides on the Macintosh partition, being so large since all of the Windows 7 'stuff' already resides on the Bootcamp partition.
Windows VM Startup Behaviour
Attempting to startup a virtual windows machine by double-clicking MyBootCamp.vpm from the Documents/Parallels folder results in the following error:
The Boot Camp partition "/dev/disk0s3" used by Hard Disk 1 is not supported.
Attempting to startup a virtual windows machine by double-clicking MyBootCamp1.vpm from the Documents/Parallels folder results in the Windows 7 environment loading up in a separate window (which I believe is the normal behaviour). From that Windows 7 virtual machine, I have access to all my Win7 apps and files etc.. Point being, this MyBootCamp1.vpm file is relatively small and it appears to allow me access to the much larger Windows environment installed under Bootcamp (which I think is normal behaviour).
Attempting to startup a virtual windows machine by double-clicking Windows7.vpm from the Documents/Parallels folder results in the following error message (see attached screengrab):
Have you copied or moved "Windows 7"?
1. I'm not sure whether the Windows7.vpm file was somehow created just for temporary purposes when the tech originally setup my replacement MBP (two weeks after he had done the initial MBP), or whether I created this 'problem' by attempting to rename a .vpm file at some later time (which might have been named 'MyBootCamp.vpm' and I renamed it to read a less confusing 'Windows7.vpm')
2. I'm not sure what this large 124GB 'Windows7.vpm' file actually contains so I'm reluctant to just delete it without understanding its purpose (I can of course transfer it to portable storage to relieve my HD but it will just take up space on the portableHD and I won't be any further ahead as to whether it's a valid file, what it's contents are or it's intended use.
3. I'm not sure whether one of the two options (Moved or Copied) which Parallels Desktop presents when I attempt to run Windows7.vpm should be selected and if so, which one.
4. I'm not sure whether the MyBootCamp.vpm file should be deleted.
Can someone help me clarify/troubleshoot this?