VMware question

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dkeninitz, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. dkeninitz macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2003
    Germantown, MD
    I've never run Windows on any of my Macs prior to installing Win7 on my MacPro the other day. I used Bootcamp; I'm running Win7 from a dedicated 500gb hard drive (by design; I didn't want either OS to see the other in an effort to have maximum security until I've had time to sort out the perils of running Windows again from a security standpoint). Here's the deal: Win7 is pretty good, and there are a few Windows apps I've been wanting to run (VB/macro-enabled Excel is one). It's a bit of a pain to have to boot one or the other, so I'm intrigued with trying VMware Fusion 2.0, but I'm unclear as to how it works. I don't think I want Win7 running in a virtual machine if that means 1) my drives will be able to see/talk to each other in a way that compromises security, or 2) performance will be compromised. I'd rather put up with the inconvenience of booting separately if either of these are going to be significant. My MacPro configuration is as follows: 2008 quad-core 2.8ghz processors w/ 10GB of RAM; 250GB HD with Mac OS X; 500gig HD, OS X extended, for Mac stuff; 500gig NTFS HD devoted to Windows; external 1TB Firewire drive for backup; external 250GB Firewire drive for backup redundancy on certain files.

    I like the idea of being able to hotswitch; what do you guys think?
  2. cutcopypaste macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2008
    I'm not a major expert on this, but I have been using Fusion, and it doesn't effect the performance of your MAC programs at all; it's just the windows apps are a bit slower and might not be able to use all of your RAM. I've found it works perfectly well for non intensive apps.. I haven't noticed ANY slowdown for my mac side of things and my machine is not nearly the beast that yours is! Although stuff like photoshop or 3d programs I think you're pretty much gonna have to boot into to get top performance. It
  3. Cliff3 macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    There is a trial version of Fusion and I believe Fusion can reference your existing Windows 7 partition for its VM. That's about as painless as it gets. Try it and see if it does what you want.

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