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How to connect Mac physical partition to the virtual machine?

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Standard Edition

Symptoms

I have a FAT/NTFS/exFAT partition on my Mac and I want to connect it to the virtual machine directly as a local disk:

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Resolution

  1. Shut down virtual machine and open its configuration.

  2. Navigate to Hardware tab > click "+" button > Hard disk:

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  3. In the opened window change Type to Boot Camp:

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  4. Change Location to the required hard drive:

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  5. Choose the partition you need:

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Now, after you start your virtual machine, the partition will be unmounted from the Mac side and will be mounted to the Windows side as the local disk:

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