Can I simply image my PC and copy it to my Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dmk1974, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    So I have a Dell PC that I have used for a year and a half and also just got my first Mac. I see they have this Boot Camp where you can run Windows on the Mac.

    How exactly do I get my existing system ported over to the Mac? Or do I have to do a fresh Windows install? My Dell had Vista pre-installed on it so I'd have to see if I have the Dell backup CDs/DVDs. I do nightly backups of my Dell using Acronis True Image...can I somehow just restore that image right onto my Mac?

    I wish I could completely flip over to Mac, but due to some drawing and architecture programs on Windows, I can't. I know I also could just have two separate computers, but I'd really rather consolidate to one. Thanks!
  2. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    If you use Boot Camp you'll need to do a fresh install of WIndows. Furthermore, the Windows install disks that came with your Dell are tied to that machine and can't be used on a different machine.

    If you use VMware Fusion, it has a feature for migrating an existing PC to a VM on the Mac, although I haven't used it myself.

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