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How to backup virtual machines

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Backing up Virtual Machines

Parallels Desktop virtual machines are very similar to real computers, therefore they are subjected to the same threats as real computers: hard disk corruptions, data lossed, power outages. We recommend creating Virtual Machine backups on regular basis to keep your work and data safe.

What are backup options?

1.    Built-in Mac OS X Time Machine. If you use Parallels Desktop 6 or 7 for Mac, please check this article to know how to do backups using Time Machine.

2.    Manual backup.  You may simply back up entire Virtual Machine by copying its .pvm file to another place on your Mac HD or to external hard drive. By default the Virtual Machine .pvm file is located in:

Mac HD/Users/Username/Documents/Parallels


Mac HD/Users/Shared/Parallels

3.    A third party backup utility like Acronis True Image Home, Carbonite, etc.

Note: Our general recommendation for any backup method is to keep the virtual machine Shut Down during this process.

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