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Adding an “Existing (Boot Camp) Hard Disk” to VMWare Fusion for Mac

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Mac users may have noticed that they can’t add an “Existing Hard Disk” which may be another NTFS Windows partition which makes it difficult if that partition is mapped to User directories, thankfully its a fairly simple procedure to add several partition to your scheme though it’s not really posted anywhere on VMWare’s help.

First thing you do is Add a New Boot Camp…

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Create a VMware virtual machine that uses your Boot Camp volume for each one of your partitions (the Disk Size is the only identifier for you to tell them apart).

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Once you’ve created your “Boot Camp” partitions, right click anyone of them in VMware and click “Show in Finder”, let’s call the partition you boot with, “Boot Camp” and the seperate drive I will be adding is named after it’s size, right click the drive that is not your boot partition and “Show Package Contents”.

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These partitions can be renamed however you like but the easiest way is to start them in VMware Fusion so that it recoginizes that file changes have occured, For simplicity sake, I left the names as Boot Camp and Boot Camp 2, start off by deleting the Boot Camp X.vmx and then copy the remaining files minus vmware.log.

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Go back to ~/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/Virtual Machines and select your boot partition, right click and show it’s contents, paste your files and then right click the Boot Camp X.vmx file and open it with TextEdit.

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Now just duplicate the following 3 lines:Image

Make sure you change the partition’s location (ide0:x) and not just the fileName representing the other partitions.

When you start the VM, tell VMware you moved it and you should be good to go, if you can’t boot just swap the partition order, as you may have mixed up your boot drive.

Good Luck

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