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I am seriously considering getting a new 27" imac in the very near future. I do a lot of photoshop and lightroom, no gaming at all, and have never used an apple computer, always had used windows os systems.

My question is about partitioning, basically Why?
I mean why partitioning, is this more for gamers who run windows games. given what I'll be using my computer for would I want to partition my hard drive and run windows for some reason.
Personally I have always hated windows and just don't understand why someone would buy a high end apple computer only to run windows software on it, what am i not understanding...I am certain there is a long list of this but....

By the way my budget will be $3800 to the door. I think I can get the middle 27" with 500+ ram, 16 g and some other techy stuff.
Thanks for your patience.
 

Fishrrman

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Unless you absolutely have to boot from Windows, the Mac has "virtual machine" options that will let you run both the Mac OS (as the boot OS) and Windows side-by-side. No need to partition in this case. I would recommend you try this route first, before considering partitioning and Boot Camp. I see posts from a lot of folks who run into problems with it.

A word of advice:
Get an iMac with an SSD inside, not a fusion drive (even if the SSD is smaller in capacity).
It will run "better, longer" and never slow down on you.
You generally have to buy these in "build-to-order" configurations, but it's worth the wait.
If you need more storage space, plug in an external USB3 HDD or SSD.
 

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Unless you absolutely have to boot from Windows, the Mac has "virtual machine" options that will let you run both the Mac OS (as the boot OS) and Windows side-by-side. No need to partition in this case. I would recommend you try this route first, before considering partitioning and Boot Camp. I see posts from a lot of folks who run into problems with it.

A word of advice:
Get an iMac with an SSD inside, not a fusion drive (even if the SSD is smaller in capacity).
It will run "better, longer" and never slow down on you.
You generally have to buy these in "build-to-order" configurations, but it's worth the wait.
If you need more storage space, plug in an external USB3 HDD or SSD.
Thank you Fisherrman for the reply.
I will take your advice on the ssd. I have been doing a lot of reading on that subject as well
[doublepost=1509114406][/doublepost]And just as a note, I not want to run Windows from this machine, I was just wondering why so many( it seems at least) do run Windows on a Mac.
 

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[doublepost=1509114406][/doublepost]And just as a note, I not want to run Windows from this machine, I was just wondering why so many( it seems at least) do run Windows on a Mac.
...Well... I think McRumors forums are not a real representation of mac users. They’re on the tech/pro/enthusiast side of Apple users, I suspect.
I’ve become one of these recently, and have been using mac desktops an laptops without Windows, wich I hate (don’t know exactly why; forgive me). Most of my friends who also are mac users never have gone back to Windows. I don’t know anyone with Bootcamp in person!
By the way, I discovered macs long ago, working with a Performa (630CD DOS). It had two motherboards! A macOS on Motorola & a Windows PC on Intel. You could change between two systems with a keyboard combination easily, and copy & paste from one to another. I started with Windows 3.11, as was what I knew... But when I went mac...! Nice. Never went back.
I’m planning to get an iMac too, as my second consecutive one is broken. (Both served me well, even under my rough handling).
I second going SSD. As much as you could afford. 5K of course. A fast i5 could be enough, but I want Radeon580 as the most future-proof offered gpu.
(I’m thinking about installing Bootcamp, as they say Windows is kinder nowadays... Just to let my son to play some Windows-only games... & avoid getting a console. But I suspect It’ll be hard to put that **** on my new iMac... Perhaps just the minimal possible partition and an external fast disk to put programs... ).
 
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fathergll

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And just as a note, I not want to run Windows from this machine, I was just wondering why so many( it seems at least) do run Windows on a Mac.

Windows is the most popular operating system on planet earth which means there is a lot of software that is exclusively for Windows or is better optimized for Windows. Not surprising many Mac users would like to have access to Windows.
 

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Windows is the most popular operating system on planet earth which means there is a lot of software that is exclusively for Windows or is better optimized for Windows. Not surprising many Mac users would like to have access to Windows.
Well that makes perfect sense, not sure why I didn't think of the obvious but thanks.
 

J.Gallardo

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Windows is the most popular operating system on planet earth which means there is a lot of software that is exclusively for Windows or is better optimized for Windows. Not surprising many Mac users would like to have access to Windows.
Oh. Yes: it’s obvious, but neither I though about it.
In fact, Windows is the most popular OS in Solar System, not just on Earth.
Let’s follow exposing evident facts: mac owners can install & run Windows easily and reliably while keeping Apple’s os in their machine. PC owners can’t do the same (but some try and do after some fiddling).
I tend to perceive this macs ability as an added luxury... given the fact that a lot of people also want to run some exclusive mac software. Having access to two different systems in one machine is quite nice if you want a broader software offer to choose from. If someone needs (or simply wants) to run osX & Windows programs, getting a mac is the way to go... as you don’t need to buy two machines.