True or False?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jrockford, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. jrockford macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2010
    I switched to Mac after I got the blue screen from my Dell, as well as most of my Windows computers. For two years I have not had any issues with my MacBook Pro or my iMac. I have special software for work that requires me to run in Windows.

    True or False.

    My Windows computers have hard drive failure because of the way Windows read and write to them. Mac does a better job of handling data and maintaining it. If I install Windows on my MacBook Pro it will create future problems with my hard drive. I should not install Windows onto my Mac but rather just keep my Windows computer.

    Thanks for the input.
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
  4. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Hard drive failures rarely, if ever, have any correlation to usage, OS, or any non-physical factors. Mostly, it's down to random chance, essentially, though obviously dropping or impacting a drive will likely cause problems, as can electrical issues. Now, if you had a low-quality PC that didn't have a very good power supply, that could result in hard drive issues (including outright failure), and the power supplies in Macs are all designed well, so you wouldn't have that problem, but it's unlikely you had a PC that was quite that bad, I'd guess.

  5. JT123 macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2011

    "The Blue Screen of Death (also known as BSoD, Blue Screen, or bluescreen), known officially as a Stop Error [1] or a bug check, is the error screen displayed by the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems upon encountering a critical error, of a non-recoverable nature, that causes the system to crash. The term is named after the color of the screen generated by the error. In Unix-based operating systems, a similar term is kernel panic.

    Stop errors are hardware or driver related, causing the computer to stop responding in order to prevent damage to the hardware or data. In the later versions of Windows (Windows NT and later) the screen presents information for diagnostic purposes that was collected as the operating system performed a bug check." - Wikipedia

    Its sort of like a Kernel panic but has more to do with your hardware or drivers, you won't damage your computer from using Windows on your Mac.
  6. Takashi macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2009
    Incorrect. There are tons of causes of HD failures: Virus, Shock, electrical (cheap power supply, surge, accessories installed with the computer (e.g. optical disc drives, card readers, USB devices...etc), , physical condition of your home, system cooling, system usage, and the design of the hard disc itself. The OS plays little role in causing pre-mature failure of HD.

    Yes. I always recommend people not to put 2 operating system onto the same computer. It's a personal issue.
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    False. See also coincidental versus causal.

    I always recommend that people make such decisions based on their own needs/wants and not just based off those of some random forum user. At least clarify your "personal issue" so others can determine if it is in line with their own preferences or not.
  8. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    It may be a personal issue, but there's no technical issue and no reason to recommend that to others. Do what you want with your own machine, but there are many reasons why someone may want to install Windows on their Mac. For the record, I have not, but that's mostly because I have no need for Windows. For the OP, it may make sense to install Windows on their MacBook Pro.

  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
  10. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    False. If you need to use Windows on occasion, there's no reason why you shouldn't install it on your Mac. It in no way increases the likelihood that your hard drive will fail.
  11. jrockford thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2010
    That was quite insightful. I appreciate the replies. When I have used Windows in the past, it seemed I would always have issues with drivers. I rarely have issues with my Mac. Is that just a coincidence? And last, if I install Windows, what software and should I get some kind of security software?

    Thanks to all who have replied.
  12. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    here is the fundamental difference between OSX and windows, at least as I see it. Windows has to support a ton of hardware, hence all the drivers and all the issues therein. OSX only has to (officially) support all the hardware in Apple's walled garden, which means that they can make sure the drivers are super stable/built straight into OSX. that is what makes OSX so much more stable.
  13. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    There's really nothing wrong with Windows.

    I don't seem to be an elitist or anything, but it seems the only people who 'hate' Windows are people who don't know much about computers in the first place.

    I use OS X and Windows 7 every day and honestly, I just don't see the difference in stability or anything else besides UI.
  14. squeakr macrumors 68000


    Apr 22, 2010

    I agree that there is nothing wrong with Windows, and especially running it alongside OSX on your Apple gear.

    I disagree with the ideal that people whom hate MSFT are those that know nothing about computers. I find it to be just as much true to the extreme as well. The people who really seem to know the most about computers hate Windows for its archaic philosophies and big brother practices, especially those since Vista. You want to change something hardware wise on your system, well then you need to re-register your OS (and if it is a key component such as processor or MB we are going to say the copy you bought is now ineligible to be registered, even though the other computer is no longer is use or existence and you changed due to failure of said hardware). I am sorry but we are not going to make a version of IE that works with anything other than our OS. We are using a proprietary disk control system, (NTFS) that we will not license for anyone else to use. We are going to maintain a registry of all drivers, software, actions, settings, etc that will grow over time and never be purged or unloaded, even if the reference no longer exists on the system. We are also going to make it so cryptic that it is not easy to maintain.

    It is the above mentality that makes me have a great disdain for MSFT and its practices. Although some of Apple's policies get me just as mad (stance on jail breaking, no OS allowed on non-Apple gear, no pre-Lion non-server OS in a VM, etc) and the big one about royalties and the app store I find it funny that the Steves got their start by breaking the law and being innovative, yet want to stifle that in regards to the use of their designed products

    Let's face it all computers have become "Big Brother" in one way or another.

    *Sorry, rant off and back to the regularly scheduled topic.

    The information you asked is false.
  15. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Well I understand your complaints, but every corporation has its annoying policies.

    Apple for instance has the annoying philosophy that only one iTunes library should be able to sync to an iDevice at any given time and Sony believes that they still own the PS3s they sell. Different companies just employ certain practices that they believe will be to their advantage.

    But then again, I wasn't talking about morality of these companies, I was talking about the usability of their operating system, and I don't see any advantage of OS X over Windows 7 and vice versa.
  16. takeshi74, Dec 9, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011

    takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    It's not causal in the way that your question seems to attempt to imply. In other words, it's not just a matter of operating system. I've rarely had problems with drivers on my Windows machines, including my MBP with Bootcamp. There could certainly be other factors that played a major part in the problems that you have experienced. Could be the drivers themselves (which are not the OS itself). Could be the hardware. It's impossible to tell just from reading your posts. Just be careful attempting to draw broad, sweeping conclusions from just your own experiences.

    Sounds elitist to me. Like/hate of Windows isn't directly tied to computer knowledge. There are plenty of experts that like Windows. There are plenty of experts that hate Windows. Same goes for novices and everything in between as well.
  17. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Well if you think it is elitist then you're entitled to your opinion.

    When I see people badmouthing Windows on this forum, usually they don't seem to know what they're talking about, they just reiterate buzz words that they heard from someone else or read on some arbitrary blog online.

    It is for this reason that I have come to that conclusion. You are right though, in saying that there isn't necessarily a connection.
  18. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    That is a sort of misinterpretation.
    Microsoft only supplies some generic drivers it doesn't have to support anything. The responsibility for drivers lies with manufacturers like Dell, Acer, Asus, Sapphire, synaptics, HP, ... who make custom logicboards, graphiccards, mice, keyboard, touchpads and what not.
    The difference between Apple and them is that Apple ONLY opperates in the highend market. If people who complain about drivers on Windows had bought a decent but certainly more expensive Dell Latitude, HP Elitebook or Thinkpad T Series instead of the cheapest plastic crap they good get there hands on, the experience would be very different.
    It has little to do with Windows and mostly just with manufactures who don't waste time and money on extensive testing and stable drivers for the cheap lowend stuff. The difference in Testing that an HP Elitebook needs to go through compared to some HP dv6 is 1:10 according to some engineers.
    Yet only business cares for stabilty most consumers are just to stupid they don't want to pay for it and thus they don't get. End of story.

    For this whole reason MS put in some programs to increase driver quality. They did help some.
  19. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Yes you're right, but I won't call them stupid.

    Some people simply cannot afford the better products, not everyone is as fortunate as you are.

    They have a choice between a $400 laptop that might have problems once every 2 months, or a $1000 laptop that will might problems once a year.

    I mean, sometimes people just cannot afford the good stuff.
  20. oranges&apples macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2011
    Not to parrot the others in this thread, but False.
  21. Akack macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2011
  22. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    I'm not sure if anyone else has mentioned it, but I believe the answer is false.

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