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Mac computers: How to change a Virtual Machine path into a drive letter

Author: Jim Terry Reference Number: AA-00975 Views: 4679 Created: 2014-12-05 02:59 PM Last Updated: 2016-06-06 12:28 PM 0 Rating/ Voters

Mac computers: How to change a Virtual Machine path into a drive letter

One Legacy user explained:

I use Legacy on my Macbook running OSX 10.9.5 and Parallels Build 9.0.24251 and Windows XP SP3.  I have several others that use Parallels 10 and OSX 10.9.5 and Windows 7 64bit.  A few are using OSX 10.x and which requires Parallels 10.  Some are also using Windows 8.x. 

The problem with the \\psf... style path names in the virtual machine are resolved in Parallels by using the following settings:

View -- do not use coherence mode or modality mode (they are un-checked)

Screen shots of the Parallels configuration settings

1) General tab -- Windows XP can only use about 3.3gb but Windows 7 64bit could utilize more memory.  Notice that I'm only using about 32gb of disk space for the Windows XP VM.

2) Options tab -- no sharing of folders or Mac volumes

3) Hardware tab -- only the Hard Disk settings are shown

4) Security tab -- nothing special.

With these settings, I can install Legacy in the Windows environment and it does not have the complications of the \\psf... style path names.  I think similar results are possible with VMWare and VirtualBox.  I have not tested any virtual machines running Windows 10 yet but I suspect it will be similar.