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

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    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?

    Thanks.
     
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  4. phlydude macrumors regular

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    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 6502a

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    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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