I just imported my Boot Camp Windows XP Pro installation into a Fusion xxxxxx.vmwarevm file. Currently it is on a disk formatted as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". I obviously had the opportunity to format the hard drive to be "Windows NT Filesystem (compressed)" prior to importing the machine.
My question: Does the destination disk format make a difference on the virtual machine speed? I assume that Windows expects a NTF drive, but Fusion is a Mac application.
I find no guidance about this anywhere???
Any thoughts? I am using Fusion 3.1.3.
You did it right. The data on your Boot Camp partition has been copied into a file on your Mac as xxxxx.vmdk. This file is a regular Mac file on your regular Mac HFS+ partition, but what's *within* that file is the image of an NTFS volume. Since Mac OS X out of the box doesn't write NTFS partitions (it sees them read-only, unless this has changed since I last checked), this is essentially the only way to do it, and it does not make things slow. Your XP Pro VM sees what it expects.