Trying to convert from PC to mac and need advice.

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

  1. liquidgold macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2008
    #1
    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!

    robbie
     
  2. fabian9 macrumors 65816

    fabian9

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    #2
    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,

    Fabian
     

Share This Page