Switching from PC to Mac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ggale56, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. ggale56 macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2011
    After 26 years as a PC guy I finally switched to a MacBook Pro 15". I have 1,000 questions, but I'll start with one....I installed a Hybrid SSD and now have the stock drive as an external for back ups. I have years of business PC software and data and after trying several Mac friendly replacements for the software, have decided to partition the external and load PC stuff on part of it. Questions....After I partition the external how can I carbon copy the PC just to the one side of the partition...or do I have to do a new install of windows on the partition and then transfer software and data? Great forum and I look forward to helping out here after I learn something!
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    I have trouble following you, maybe my reading comprehension isn't up to snuff, come again?
  3. ggale56 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2011
    Yeah..not real clear because I don't know what I'm doing. I will partition the external drive so that I can have Windows HP on one side of the partition and Mac OS X Lion on the other...can I do that? If I can do that will I be able to boot to the Windows side? If so will the drive connect to my PC and could I then carbon copy my PC to the Windows side? I don't wan't to use boot camp or a VM program on my internal SSD if at all possible....hope this is clearer...like I said I've never done this before and don't have any friends with Macs. The closest Apple store is 160 miles away...hope you can help. Thx
  4. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'd recommend clean installing Windows via Bootcamp utility in Mac OS X; the reason being that Bootcamp will need to install proper drivers for the Windows partition.
  5. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    Agreed. If you don't use bootcamp; there's a very good chance that the drivers will not match or work.

    Maybe he can use windows restore to get his files back on there after doing this? I don't remember if restore does just files or changes the system stuffs too...
  6. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    Planet Earth
    One small step for man, one giant leap for ggale56!
  7. ggale56 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2011
    Thanks....I've thought this through better and I'll do a Boot Camp partition on the external then a clean Windows install on the appropriate side.....I will then manually install all of the Windows based software and transfer data via a thumb drive.....thanks for the quick responses!!!
  8. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Why not use a virtualization software and run Windows side by side with OS X? That way you can have quick and hassle-free access to your Windows-side programs and applications.
  9. 2hvy4grvty macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    If it's not CPU/especially GPU intensive, virtual machines are a great/better way to go about it.
  10. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    virtualization is the way to go, ESPECIALLY if your window apps are NOT CPU intensive, as has been mentioned.

    i ran windows via bootcamp for 8 months - all i used win7 for was to run quickbooks. It was such a hassle rebooting all the time. I finally got VMWare Fusion and life has been GREAT!

    It's worth a look. It's just another reason macs ROCK!
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    Nov 2, 2008
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