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Old Oct 4th, 2008, 12:57 PM   #1
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VMware Fusion $59 at FutureShop

Just a heads up for those looking for virtualization software.

This seems like a pretty good price given it's $99 at the Apple retail store.
Regular price at FS is $79.
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Old Oct 4th, 2008, 01:11 PM   #2
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I tried the free Virtual Box the other day and it seems to worth rather well for basic needs. Its lacking in the 3D support etc but for free its all I need.
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Old Oct 4th, 2008, 01:48 PM   #3
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I too saw the sale price at Future shop and was thinking of picking this up.
Can anyone who's using Fusion care to chime in if this is worth it over Boot Camp or Parallels ?
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I too saw the sale price at Future shop and was thinking of picking this up.
Can anyone who's using Fusion care to chime in if this is worth it over Boot Camp or Parallels ?
I use VMware Fusion, and I think it is worth it. I have tried Parallels and find that I like Fusion much better, especially with the latest update. As for Boot Camp, I use it and in conjunction with Boot Camp. Fusion allows you to use your Boot Camp partition as a virtual machine, so I can use Boot Camp when I need the most performance, or Fusion when I want the convenience of running OS X and Windows at the same time. All with just one installation of Windows.
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Old Oct 4th, 2008, 04:41 PM   #5
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Is there a way with Fusion to increase the size of my current XP hard drive partion on BootCamp without re-installing?
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Is there a way with Fusion to increase the size of my current XP hard drive partion on BootCamp without re-installing?
iPartition claims to be able to resize Bootcamp partitions (never tried it).

The size of a Bootcamp partition has nothing to do with VMWare, it's a partition thing

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Is there a way with Fusion to increase the size of my current XP hard drive partion on BootCamp without re-installing?
With Fusion - not that I'm aware of.

I use bootcamp for XP (for some games that aren't out for the Mac) and Fusion to run an instance of Vista (so I get a sense of what I'm missing these days in the windows world... ) This is a nice price for Fusion (I bought it at the Yorkdale Apple store... this price is even better than the $20 rebate that was being offered by VM for a while)

To do what you want to do - get WinClone (free download) - make an image of your XP partition, then use Bootcamp to scrap it, re-create it (but larger) and then copy it back with WinClone you'll get the result you're after.

I did exactly this when I upgraded my internal drive to a 320 from a 100 and it worked fine.

I would strongly suggest making a backup before any re-partitioning of any kind it is far too easy to overwrite or delete the wrong partition with a couple of thoughtless keystrokes.
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Old Oct 4th, 2008, 05:51 PM   #8
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Just go with Sun's VirtualBox. If that does everything you want don't spend the money.
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Is there a way with Fusion to increase the size of my current XP hard drive partion on BootCamp without re-installing?
I needed the same thing, and (using most current version at lease) I was able to expand my virtual drive after shutting down the virtual machine and deleting all the old snapshots. Problem is, it does not expand your C-Drive partition, rather, it creates a new partition that you can format and assign a drive letter to from the XP drive management tool. For me, this was fine, as all I needed was a little more space to move files around with.

if you need more specifics, let me know and I can provide the steps I used.
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I too saw the sale price at Future shop and was thinking of picking this up.
Can anyone who's using Fusion care to chime in if this is worth it over Boot Camp or Parallels ?
Fusion is great, well worth the money, faster than Parallels (mulit-core support), multiple monitor support, better 3D etc. Just get it you won't be disappointed.
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