File extension .PVM
The .PVM file extension stands for Parallels Virtual Machine, which is a container file used by Parallels Desktop, a virtualization software created by Parallels Inc. It contains multiple files such as .HDD, .CFG and .H2W that are collectively used to store the information of the virtual machine, including its configuration, operating system, applications, user data and other details. The .PVM file format allows users to move their running virtual machine from one computer to another with ease or create clones of the same.
The .PVM file is a binary container that complies with VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) format. These files are slightly different from regular virtual hard disk images as they are stored within a folder hierarchy that contains additional files used by Parallels Desktop. The size of the .PVM file varies according to the configuration and total data stored in the virtual machine.
Other formats associated with this type of file include: .HDD, .CFG, .H2W, .LOG, and .HFB.
- .HDD: Stores the general information about the virtual machine.
- .CFG: Contains configuration information which includes processor type, memory size, etc.
- .H2W: Stores network card information
- .LOG: Used to store logs related to system events and virtual machine operations.
- .HFB: Stands for Hierarchical File Backup and contains information related to the current state of files.
Programs for MAC system
After installing the required software, the operating system will usually automatically associate an unknown file type (in this case .PVM) with the new application. If this does not happen, we can help the system a bit by selecting the software for it, which it should always use to open files with the .PVM extension.
When choosing the software we can select the system to use this software every time.
Using it for the first time it is good to check whether the .PVM file opened in the application can be read by us and opens in a way that allows us to use it. If everything is in order, select this option the next time you open a file with the .PVM extension. However, if the file has not opened correctly, we have to look for a different software, with which we can open files with the .PVM extension. Select a different software from our list and install it on your computer. After the software is installed, repeat inspection openings of a .PVM file. Sometimes you have to repeat the operation several times.
If none of the programs listed by us to work with the .PVM file has not meet your expectations, you can try searching other websites. But remember to avoid downloading programs "that can open any file". These applications not only have very limited functionality, but may also expose you to expense tens of dollars when purchasing a license.
In the vast majority of cases you will find the program dedicated to support the .PVM file, or any other file format. In addition, there is a chance that it will be a free program, and its functionality (concerning the .PVM file) will be extended to the maximum.
It is also good to check
- if the .PVM file has no errors
- or if it has been copied (or downloaded by the browser) thoroughly
Mr B. Adam
Author of the guidelines / Founder of FileExtension.info
New technologies enthusiast, helping to solve problems with the files.
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