The SSD on my MacBook has 4 partitions, each of which has a bootable installation of OS X. Is there any way to boot from one of these partitions with a virtualization app? I don't want to create an image from it, just boot directly to the drive within an app.

It looks like Parallels and VMWare will only boot from images. I want to boot directly from the existing partition on my HD.

  • Parallels can boot a Windows Bootcamp partition. I don't know if it can do the same with other OS X partitions but I think it could, it would be similar to support. – Ricardo Sanchez-Saez Aug 17 '13 at 0:39

Parallels Desktop 8 can run Windows from a Boot Camp partition.

Getting Started With Parallels Desktop (PDF)

VMWare Fusion 5 can also run Windows from a Boot Camp partition.

VMWare Fusion Overview

I believe Boot Camp support is available in earlier versions of both products, but it's definitely in the current shipping versions.

  • Unfortunately I'm not interested in booting Windows, I want to boot OS X. – Scrollwheelie Aug 17 '13 at 5:26

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