Trying to convert from PC to mac and need advice.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by liquidgold, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. liquidgold macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    i recently purchased a black macbook and i am really excited about making the switch. i generally used my pc for editing movies and tv shows from tivo as well as picture editing and some torrent downloading. i had planned to use bootcamp while i adjust, but here is where i need help:

    -i have an external harddrive that i have been backing up a lot of files. is it best to use programs like macdrive and ntfs to continue to save windows/apple files to the harddrive?
    -with the things i use windows for, do i need bootcamp, or would it be better to use parallels or a similar program?
    -should i partition my external harddrive for time machine backups? and if so, how the heck do you do that?
    -any other helpful hints on unlearning windows?
    -anybody with programs that they use for video editing (nothing real complex) or downloading torrents?

    thanks for the help everyone!

  2. fabian9 macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    hey there,

    i made the switch about half a year ago and could not be any happier about it. lol

    here are some answers to your questions:

    - external HDDs. I had mine formatted in NTFS, which mac can read but not write to. So i formatted it to the apple format just to find out that windows cant read nor write on it! so the only option i saw was formatting it in FAT32 which both can read and write to. Only problem is that winXP doesn't support any files larger than 4GB on FAT32 apparently.

    - i use winXP in parallel with leopard using VMWare fusion, it works really well. before that I used Parallels, which also allows you to boot into windows without being on leopard at the same time. but when leopard came along, parallels messed up so i switched to VMWare which works just as well. You don't even need to create a new partition to use it...

    - time machine backups - no idea. I heard it doesn't work well with laptops? maybe somebody else can confirm...

    - unlearning windows - just don't use it anymore so u get used to the mac environment. i think its a lot more intuitive than windows and things like expose and spaces is just great to improve your workflow.

    hope that helps,


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