This is the exact setup i'm running. It works just as you described. dual boot from chameleon selection screen, parallels with window 8 from OSX
so you can dual boot from chameleon or clover. but the problem is that parallels doesn't see your "bootcamp" window partition/drive.
parallels saw my windows drive and gave me an option to use that as bootcamp. from my osx, i was able to read my windows drive as well. I have not setup my osx with any bootcamp. but to parallels any windows install is a bootcamp.
this is what you want to see
so i'm assuming it's how you install your windows os as…. EFI or traditional.
Disconnect all drives except the Windows 8 drive-to-be.
When you boot Win8 install DVD on a UEFI BIOS mainboard, Win8 wants to install UEFI. Unfortunately, if it does this Chimera/Chameleon can't "see" the boot files. There are at least 2 ways to prevent this. One way, when you boot with the install DVD in the tray, hit F8/F11/F12 or whatever the Function key is that allows you to select a boot device during the BIOS POST. You will find that your DVD shows up twice - once as SATA and once as UEFI. Choose the SATA. You do not want the UEFI. Another is to disable UEFI in the BIOS. Some BIOSes have an option for boot mode with the selections: Legacy, Legacy or UEFI, UEFI. Selecting the Legacy option forces non EFI installation.
For a complete install to use all of the Win8 features (recommended), at the select partition screen of the installer, delete all of the partitions, select the unallocated space and click Next. The installer will take it from there.
Note: If you do not want the System Reserved partition, then pre-format the drive with the C-partition-to-be MSDOS FAT with OS X disk utility, then format it NTFS when in the Win8 installer or use your favorite 3rd party disk management tool to partition it NTFS, then install Win8.
When you have both your ML and Win8 installed, shutdown, connect all drives, boot to BIOS and make the OS X drive first in HDD boot order.
I'm trying to run my currently existing Windows 8.1 SSDs with my Mavericks harddrive using Parallels. Currently Parallels doesn't see my Windows partition so I don't know where to start. I searched on the topic but I've been getting posts from 2007.
I also want to be able to keep my dual boot option handy. But being able to run both side by side would be great. Any help would be greatly appreciated!