How to get access to the virtual machine hard disks when the virtual machine is turned off?

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Question

How to get access to the virtual machine hard disks when the virtual machine is turned off?

Note: The described method does not work for macOS virtual machines' hard drives. Neither does it work for encrypted drives.

Answer

  1. Launch Parallels Desktop.
  2. Click on the Parallels Desktop icon || on the right side of Mac top menu > Click Control Center.
  3. Right-click the virtual machine you would like to access > Show in Finder.

  4. In Finder: Right-click the virtual machine .pvm file > Show Package Contents.

  5. Locate a .hdd file, right-click on it > Open With > Parallels Mounter.

  6. Virtual machine hard disks will appear in the Finder Sidebar.



    Note: To gain full access to the drive from your Mac, virtual machine needs to be completely shut down before mounting the drive.
    Otherwise, you will get the following message offering to mount the drive in read-only mode.
  7. Once you are done using the drive, before running the virtual machine again you need to eject it from Finder.

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