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CopyTrans programs were specifically designed for Windows operating systems but there’s a way to use them on your Mac.

To run CopyTrans programs on a Mac you’ll need a virtual machine. Virtual machines emulate the Windows operating system on a Mac. This guide demonstrates how to install “VirtualBox” and “Parallels Desktop”, which are the two most common virtual machines on macOS.

A. Installing VirtualBox (freeware) on your Mac

  1. First, download Windows image file (.iso) from the Microsoft website (you can use any version of Windows, however, Windows 10 is recommended).

  2. Download VirtualBox on your Mac. Make sure to select the latest Mac version from the list available for download and then install it.

  3. Open VirtualBox and click on the “New” button in order to create a new virtual machine. Type in the new system name in “Machine Name”. Select “Microsoft Windows” as the OS type. Finally select the OS version (in this case, Windows 7) and click “Continue”. create virtual machine on mac osx

  4. Next, you will need to allocate the amount of RAM memory for your new virtual PC (512-1024 Mb for Windows 7 and 1518-2048 Mb for Windows 10 is enough). Click “Continue”. allocate virtual machine memory

  5. Choose “Create a virtual hard drive now” and click “Continue”. Next, choose “VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)” and click “Continue”. select hard disk type for virtual machine

    Now, select “Dynamically allocated” and click “Continue”. Finally, type a name for the new virtual hard drive and select the size (20-25 GB is sufficient). Click on the “Create” button.

  6. Next, you will need to download and install the latest version of the VirtualBox Extension Pack from the VirtualBox binaries list. Once you have the Virtual Manager window open, click on the virtual machine you just created and click on the “Settings” button. From the new “Settings” window, navigate to the “Ports” tab and tick the “Enable USB 2.0 (EHCI) Controller” option. Click “OK”. Your virtual PC is now ready. usb 2 compatibility virtual box on mac os x

  7. If you have a CD/DVD of Windows operating system: Insert your Windows installation CD in your Mac. Your Windows system will appear in VirtualBox Manager’s window on the left. Double click on the Windows system entry in order to run (please ignore any errors you might get during the startup process). Your virtual machine will now boot from the Windows installation CD. Make sure to follow the installation instructions in order to install Windows.

    If you have Windows ISO file: Select your newly created virtual machine, click “Change”. Then go to the “Storage” tab and click “Controller: SATA”. To insert the ISO file, click Disk plus sign and select your ISO file. In the tab “System” set the boot order “DVD” – “disk” fixed.

    After installing Windows you must configure your internet connection. If your internet connection was not configured automatically, you will need to manually configure it from Windows’ Control Panel. To do so in Windows, go to “Start Menu > Control panel > View network status and tasks”. Click on the red cross under “View your basic network information and set up connections”. Windows will now try to configure your network connection. configure internet for windows on mac

Once you have your Windows Internet connection up and running, your virtual PC is ready to use.

B. Installing CopyTrans programs in Windows on your Mac

  1. Next, you will need to install the iOS drivers for your Windows system to correctly recognize your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. To install the iOS drivers, please read this article Install iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad drivers without installing iTunes.

  2. When in Windows on your Mac, open “Internet Explorer” and follow the CopyTrans installation instructions.

  3. At the end of the installation procedure, run the CopyTrans program of your choice.

  4. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to your Mac using your USB cable, and attach it to your virtual Windows machine by navigating to “Devices > USB Devices” in the VirtualBox VM top menu. connect iphone to copytrans on virtual machine

You can now use the CopyTrans programs on your Mac in order to manage your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Alternative way: Running CopyTrans on your Mac using Parallels Desktop

This section provides an alternative to VirtualBox which also allows you to run Windows on your Mac computer.

  1. Download Windows image file (.iso) from the Microsoft website.

  2. Download and install Parallels Desktop.

  3. Run Parallels Desktop, select “Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image disk”. Select .iso file from the list and continue. Next, click on “Like a PC”. Leave all further settings as they are per default. Parallels desktop will now install Windows automatically. That’s it, your Windows is now ready for use on your Mac.

  4. Next, you will need to install the iOS drivers for your Windows system to correctly recognize your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. To install the iOS drivers, please read this article Install iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad drivers without installing iTunes.

  5. When in Windows on your Mac, open “Internet Explorer” and follow the CopyTrans installation instructions.

  6. At the end of the installation procedure, run the CopyTrans program of your choice.

  7. Connect your iPhone to your Mac and choose “Windows 7” in the newly-opened window. attach iphone to parallels desktop on mac os x

Voilà! You can now use CopyTrans programs from Parallels Desktop.

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Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.