The weirdest thing.

$ ls -al                                        ~/vm/win_8_1.pvm/Windows Disks 
total 8
drwxr-xr-x   3 zoo  staff  102 Nov 22 14:04 .
drwx--x--x@ 15 zoo  staff  510 Nov 22 16:57 ..
lrwxr-xr-x   1 zoo  staff   10 Nov 22 14:04 C -> /Volumes/C
$ readlink C                                    ~/vm/win_8_1.pvm/Windows Disks 
$ ls -al /Volumes                               ~/vm/win_8_1.pvm/Windows Disks 
total 8
drwxrwxrwt@  3 root  admin   102 Nov 22 14:04 .
drwxr-xr-x  29 root  wheel  1054 Nov  2 15:07 ..
lrwxr-xr-x   1 root  admin     1 Nov 22 12:49 MacSSD -> /
$                                               ~/vm/win_8_1.pvm/Windows Disks

Where the heck is ~/vm/win_8_1.pvm/Windows Disks/C pointing to??


It's pointing to the mounted system volume C (visible on the desktop see below) of your virtual Windows 8.1 machine. If you shut down the VM or disable Share Windows afterwards, the link still resides there.


To make C visible again and your Mac secure (Windows mustn't screw the Mac volume) adjust the settings like in the picture below:


  • I don't see it on my desktop - and why can't I find it on my file system – Zach Nov 23 '14 at 1:48
  • comment to edit: it is not on my desktop. Double clicking the item in Finder yields "The operation can’t be completed because the original item for “C” can’t be found" – Zach Nov 23 '14 at 1:52
  • then your vm is not running or you disabled Windows Sharing in the preferences afterwards – klanomath Nov 23 '14 at 1:53
  • You seem knowledgeable enough about Parallels. What I'm trying to do is to do a 1-way isolation of my guest OS. i.e. I don't want Windows screwing with my filesystem on my Mac. In order to restrict the visibility of the guest OS, I was forced to enable a security isolation setting. I'm not knowledgeable about filesystems... but I should still be able to view the windows files from my Mac, no? – Zach Nov 23 '14 at 2:03
  • you may safely delete the folder Windows Disksand the link. – klanomath Nov 23 '14 at 2:03

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