Configuring macbook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by maple1985, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. maple1985 macrumors newbie

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    Hi Guys,
    I have the following requirements to implement in my macbook pro( which i am about to buy)

    I have to run follwing 3 in it...
    1. Home XP for personal use (i will start migrating to Mac as fast as i can, but for now I have to live with it)
    2. Office work, XP (always going to be XP , no choice there)
    3. Kubuntu (occasional office and personal study related)

    I am buying a refurbished MBP which unfortunately comes with only 320GB. So I have the following options...

    1. Upgrade it to 500GB. And allocate 250GB for office and run using bootcamp. And in the Mac partition, i will create a VM and run personal XP and kubuntu from there.

    2. Use the 320GB as Mac partition. And use an external hard drive with firewire 800 (oxford 1.5TB 1500GB eSATA~FireWire 800~USB External Hard Drive, available in ebay for $240) and load office XP image and boot from it.

    Can you please suggest which one would be better option? (I understand the performance problem running from a external hard drive, but firewire 800 makes it better?) And if you have any alternative suggestions.

    Thanks a lot for the help. Appreciate it
     
  2. CompanionCube macrumors regular

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    Sounds like you are seriously tied to XP for some reason....Just buy one of those $299 windows laptops and later on buy a Mac when you are ready.
     
  3. 537635 macrumors 6502

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    Why even bother with bootcamp?

    Use some sort of virtual machine, like VirtualBox and run XPs and Kubuntu there.

    You can resize the virtual partitions on-the-fly if you need more space.
     
  4. maple1985 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Actually office management has prohibited using office domain from VM. (they say they can't trace the account from insdie of the VM)
     
  5. pnyc macrumors 6502

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    I'd go with your option #1, get a 500GB for $90-120 create a partition for XP and run the Kubuntu via VM from OS X.
     

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