Getting New 27 Imac: SSD or No SSD, if SSD, will this work?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dfine1966, May 7, 2011.

  1. dfine1966 macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Before I purchase my new iMac (i7 3.4, 8GB Ram, 2GB Video Card) either with SSD and 2 TB HDD or just 2 TB HDD), I need to know if what I want to do with the combo of SSD and 2 TB drive will work on the iMac.

    I was planing on getting the 256 GB SSD with the 2 TB HDD, and splitting MacOS Snow Leopard and Windows 7 Pro(bootcamp only) at 128 GB a piece on the SSD. I am pretty sure that will work fine. My question is can I split the 2 TB hdd at 1 GB a piece formatted with half to windows NTFS and half to mac's HFS+? I want to be able to start up Windows 7 have operating system on the SSD and put everything else on the second hard drive, which would of been split up already. It should should show the 1 TB in NTFS. Then, when I startup MacOS the operating system would be on SSD and 1TB leftover, would show up as HFS+, and that can be used for everything else for the Mac. Will this work the way I am proposing. Can I split the 2TB drive the way I want to? Will both operating systems install on the SSD? Is this the smart way to do this? If this won't work, I will probably go with just 2TB HDD and split it with bootcamp, half and half.
    Tell me what you think?

  2. dfine1966 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
  3. dfine1966 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
  4. phlydude macrumors regular


    Jun 21, 2010
    Newark, DE
    I can't see why this wouldn't work...

    I am not doing the SSD but I will be partitioning my 2TB drive with 350 GB in NTFS and the rest in HFS+ and installing Win 7 on the NTFS partition and also run Parallels too...
  5. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816


    Nov 13, 2008
    my question would be why do you need so much space per OS? from my experience with bootcamp and windows I was able to see the OSX drive and any HFS+ partitions just fine under windows and add files to that without issue.

    Not sure if its changed lately as I havent updated it in a while.

    But regardless a 128GB ssd partition for each OS - will work
    a 1TB partition for each OS file storage (1tb hfs+, 1TB ntfs) - will work.

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