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This article describes three methods that you can use to access files that are saved in a PC hard drive image. You can use these methods when you want to back up files or to access files by using another program.
Use one of the following methods to access files that are saved in a PC hard drive image.
Method 1: Mount a PC hard drive imageWhen Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 6.1 is running on Mac OS X, you can mount a PC hard drive image as a volume on the Macintosh desktop. You can then move files to the drive and from the drive. You can also access data on the drive by using Macintosh applications.
Note Drive images that are created with earlier versions of Virtual PC are converted for use with Virtual PC version 6. You can mount these converted drive images as volumes on the Macintosh desktop.
To mount a PC hard drive image as a volume on the Macintosh desktop, follow these steps:
Method 2: Share a folderYou can also use the Shared Folders feature in Virtual PC to share files between the PC and the Macintosh host operating system. To share a folder, follow these steps:
Alternatively, you can use a drag-and-drop operation to share a folder or volume. To share a folder or a volume, drag the folder or the volume from the Macintosh desktop to the shared folders icon on the PC toolbar.
Note If you want to share the volume every time the virtual machine starts, hold down the Option key while you drag the item.
Note When you drag an alias of a folder or volume, the folder or volume is not shared. You must drag the folder or volume itself.
Method 3: Use a drag-and-drop operationYou can also use a drag-and-drop operation to move files directly from the Windows guest operating system to the Macintosh desktop and back to the Windows guest operating system. To do this, drag the files out of the guest operating system window to the Macintosh desktop.