Install or not install Bootcamp, that is the question.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by doadam, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. doadam macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2013

    I own a Mac Mini (i7, 16GB RAM, fusion drive), in short, it's stable and strong (for now).

    I got a new job and currently it requires me to develop on Python and C#.
    I also have a laptop but it's really sucks, it has i3, 4GB RAM and it flicks when using Ubuntu and can't handle lots of open Chrome tabs on Windows.

    I thought about bringing the Mac Mini to the office, however I keep reading about slow performance when using Boot Camp.

    So my questions are:
    • Can Bootcamp be completely removed from the system? (without leaving leftovers and data)
    • Currently, with i7 2.3GHz, 16GB Ram and a fusion drive, would Boot Camp be good enough to handle Visual Studio and lots of Chrome tabs opened? (around 30-40 tabs).
    • Can I install Ubuntu on my Mac Mini? (apart from Windows and OS X)

    I plan on installing Windows 7, 64 bit (or 32bit if it's more stable).
    Other than Visual Studio, I don't think there are any other tools I need for my Windows installation.

  2. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    Boot Camp only suffers from a MILD bit of performance hit, because the bios emulation uses legacy IDE instead of AHCI. It is still more than sufficient for what you need. Removing boot camp is as simple as formatting the partition that Windows is on. No leftovers. And yes, you can run linux, such as Ubuntu, on a Mac.
  3. doadam thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2013
    Ok, thank you.
    Where can I find a tutorial or something about the installation process for Boot Camp?

    And another question, could I plug in an external hard drive (SSD probably) and install Windows & Ubuntu from there? (without messing, in any way, my fusion drive)

    source links are also welcomed, I'm a fast learner so I'm fine with that.
  4. xcodeSyn macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2012
    Here is a link for Boot Camp Resources from the Apple support site.

    If you read the FAQ here, you'll realize that Boot Camp doesn't support installation on the RAID or external drives. For fusion drive, Windows partition will be installed only on the hard disk as a separate logical unit. You can temporarily remove your fusion setup and use a new disk with OS X installed and do the Windows installation using Boot Camp, and later move it to a bootable external enclosure, if you don't mind the trouble.
  5. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    Boot Camp 5 uses AHCI mode for the chipset.
  6. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    Oh awesome. Was not aware of that.

    Also it should be noted that if the OP intends to triple boot with Linux, using Boot Camp will actually be much more difficult than just doing it manually. That is, unless he uses Wubi to install Ubuntu.

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