Mac Pro Dual OS Installation

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by macisgreat, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. macisgreat macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Just want to find out has anyone experimented installing 2 hard disks in your macpro and the 2nd hard disk is installed with xp pro via bootcamp?

    Have you experienced any problems?

    Would this be a better solution as compare to installing xp pro in virtual software?

    Would really appreciate your input.


    Cheers,
    Marky
     
  2. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

    Cliff3

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    Apple's Bootcamp Assistant supports this approach, so I wouldn't expect any problems with the caveat that I have not set up my machine this way. Bootcamp's OS support is limited to XP 32-bit and Vista 32-bit only, so if you need to run something else then virtualization is the solution. Also, dual booting means you are running Windows or OS X and not both simultaneously. Since I bought a Mac mainly to run OS X, being limited to Windows is an unacceptable constraint.

    I think the main appeal of Bootcamp is being able to run PC games in a native Windows environment. I don't use my machine to play games, so that appeal is not there for me. There may also be some specialized software that is Windows-only that needs the unfettered horsepower of native Windows, but I would think in most cases there are OS X analogues available. I would also think a requirement to run software such as that would be a fairly compelling argument in favor of not buying a Mac.

    There is a thread on VMWare on this first page of this forum where people are talking about what they're running under VMWare. You ought to have a look at that thread.
     
  3. wibongo macrumors newbie

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    Any Mac Pro 2008 and later and Mac Book Pro unibody (possibly earlier models, not sure) has BootCamp support drivers right on the main OSX install disk for VISTA 64-BIT.
     

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