Vista only on a Mac - want to remove OS X

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by SuperKRad, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. SuperKRad macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2007
    Not looking to start a flame war, just need some advice on how to do this.

    Trying to make the entire partition Vista only - in other words, want to make the entire disk NTFS with no trace of OS X anywhere.

    Can this be done, and how?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    You should be able to wipe the Unknown Partition (a.k.a. HFS+ and some other space) and then format them to NTFS using Disk Management.

    Merging them space is another thing entirely.

    If you're installing Windows the first time just delete all the partitions and do what you want with them.
  3. speakerwizard macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2006
    its not advised, just make your mac os install as small as possible (no drivers / languages etc) and partition the rest for vista, microsoft doesnt support efi so its best to keep macos around incase ya need bootcamp utility, anyone else feel free to correct me on this though
  4. SuperKRad thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2007
    So essentially if I buy a brand new iMac at the store, I can open it, pop in a Vista install disk, format the entire thing to NTFS and Im good?

    Also, using Boot Camp, whats the maximum partition size you can set for Windows? Or I guess I should say, the minimum you can set for OS X?

    Thanks for the quick response.
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    1. BIOS emulation will be used by the firmware (as it already is...)
    2. Vista x64 variants do support EFI.

    I suggest installing Boot Camp first and making sure the Mac runs 10.4.6 at least first. OS X stock only needs 1.9 GB. (Tiger on Intel) You'll need a little more space them that. (5-10 GB)
  6. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Its good to keep OS X for firmware updates...
  7. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    And in case your 'puter blows up and you need to get it repaired :)
  8. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    Vista's Disk Management can merge and expand partitions on the fly, so that shouldn't be a problem.
  9. Willis macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2006
    Beds, UK
    as others had said, keep around 7-10GB of free space for OS X, because any bootcamp updates which help run windows better are pretty much a nice touch. And again, for the all important warrenty
  10. SuperKRad thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2007
    If I use Boot Camp to make a very large Vista partition, are there any limitations as far as file size and NTFS?
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA

    NTFS is NTFS. It would be just like an NTFS partition you made on any other computer.
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I thought it could. Thanks
  13. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    I don't know if I'd completely format the computer though. When Leopard comes out, Boot Camp won't be supported on if something happens and you need to get back to OSX, you'd need to format all your data.
  14. v-ault macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2006
    Lol, this guy is just buying an Imac for the look of it. You should give the mac os a try.
  15. AutumnSkyline macrumors regular


    Oct 5, 2006
    Agreed, at least take some time out your surely busy schedule and learn the OS, frankly, it took me a day to get used to going to the left instead of the right for the X - + and everything else, you should be fine, and you will probably like it better than vista.
  16. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    No offense, but why buy a Mac if your just going to use Windows? Macs were designed to run Mac OS as the primary OS. You should at least give Mac OS X a try, you might end up liking it. And if you need Windows, you cal always do half and half or something. I'm sorry if I wasn't very helpful, it's just hard for me to understand your reasoning here.
  17. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    His choice either way. Your mac, do what you like. For a lot of windows users Mac OS is not the godsend we see it to be. I once convinced a windows user to go mac, but she hated it and could not adapt, in the end - I ended up buying the mac off her, so she could buy herself a dell - she's happy which is the main thing.

    The only thing about Vista i've found is that it makes my MBP run very very hot. Its like it doesnt control the fans properly or somthing.
  18. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Just to echo what others say, this is a really bad idea. I'd think long and hard about whether for the sake of a few GB you want to completely get rid of Mac OS X.

    Use Vista as your primary OS if need be, but it's worth keeping the Mac partition for many of the reasons pointed out above.
  19. Iggy macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2003
    Bournemouth, UK
  20. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    Go and sit on the naughty step now! ;)
  21. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    If I ever had the intention of buying a computer to use with Vista :mad: I would surely look at buying a Mac. MacMini, MacBook, iMac and the eight core MacPros are definitely competitive with anything in the PC market.

    (What's wrong with that statement? Buying a Macintosh is very often a sign of _taste_. Buying Vista is a sign of having no taste at all. Vista on a Macintosh is like putting lipstick (Vista) on a pig (Windows) and sticking it into an Armani suit (Macintosh). )
  22. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    this is what my horoscope read for the day. scary.

    to the op, what's so bad about mac os x? i'm just curious.

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  23. Glen Quagmire macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2006
    What's the point? Surely most people buy a Mac because of the OS and the software, not because it's pretty? Why not just buy a Dell?

    It's like buying a Ferrari and leaving it in first gear all the time. Strange.
  24. OldSkoolNJ macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
    NO that would mean it can run. This would be more like buying a Ferrari and driving it in forst gear with boots on three out of four wheels. ;)

    *flash back to the simpsons where Homer drove his wagon with the boot on it* lol

    Kevin :apple:
  25. androvboy macrumors member

    May 16, 2006
    C'mon guys. I have a MacBook Pro 17. Had it for 12 months now. I purchased because the hardware reliability is excellent on all the reviews, and I wanted strong reliable kit.

    I love the hardware, but cannot get on with Mac OS. I only boot into the MAC OS for bootcamp upgrades.

    Steve Jobs got most of my cash and Bill Gates got a little bit. I have too many Windows programmes that I cannot be bothered to track down in Apple format and because I work on website development it is more important that I spot possible errors instantly for the 95% of website viewers that are using Explorer.

    It does you guys no favours to always moan on about MAC OS is better, especially in this part of the forum. Thou doth protest too much.

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