You need to transfer an existing virtual machine to your new Mac.
When you buy a new Mac, you do not have to install your virtual machine once again - you can just transfer an existing one.
Important: Stop or suspend your virtual machine before following the steps below.
Locate the virtual machine on your old Mac hard drive.
Note: in order to transfer a Boot Camp partition, see KB 113658
By default, virtual machine files are located either in Documents/Parallels folder inside your user folder, or in /Users/Shared/Parallels.
Parallels Desktop virtual machines have a .pvm extension
- Copy the .pvm file to an external hard drive or transfer it via network.
- Connect your external hard drive to the destination Mac.
- Copy .pvm file from the external Hard Drive to any folder on the destination Mac.
- Install Parallels Desktop, then double-click on the .pvm file to start your virtual machine.
Note: OS X does not support writing to NTFS partitions by default. We recommend to format your external drive to either OS X native HFS+ file system or ExFAT file system (for compatibility with Windows PCs).
Note: FAT32 file system does not support files bigger than 4 GB.