Dual Platform on MacBook - HowTo..
Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:41 PM
My goal is to run Registax and REDUC (double star measurement software) without having to go out and buy a PC.....
Anyone with experience in this sort of thing?
Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:15 PM
Once the process is complete, you can boot back and forth between the OSX and Windows partitions as required. My Macbook Pro 17 has two SSD drive in it. I replaced the original drive and the optical drive to do this. I have one SSD for OSX and one for Windows 7. I purchased additional software to allow OSX to read and write the Windows NTFS partition.
If you only need to run Registax you may want to consider VMware Fusion or Parallels and install Windows 7 as a virtual machine running as an application under OSX. This is less complex and you can have access to your OSX applications at the same time.
I boot to Windows 7 for running all my ASCOM mount and imaging software. I boot back to OSX for post processing with PixInsight or Photoshop.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:13 AM
On the plus side you can have several machines with different settings and you don't have to reboot to launch it. On the down side you will need a LOT of RAM for it work nicely.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:01 AM
Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:18 PM
Bootcamp assistant is free; you just need a copy of Windows (at least XP SP3 I believe). You'll also need a DVD; many of the USB copies don't work because Apple wants you to 'only' use the DVD. There are ways around it but it's a PITA.
I was doing the same thing till I got worried about my macbook outside... I decided a cheap Windows laptop was a worthy investment.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:44 PM
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Posted 11 March 2013 - 01:17 PM
You do lose some benefits of VMWare doing it this way, though - like the ability to suspend the VM. (You can enable this, but you need to make sure you never boot to Boot Camp mode when the VM is suspended).
Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:11 PM
I also really dig the way the windows can be customized - I like the full screen Windows desktop that can pivot on a virtual hinge to show the Mac desktop, like two sides of a cube that rotates. There are a half dozen ways to configure the view at least, and it can be controlled with quick keys. Graceful!
The ability to freeze/suspend the Windows OS and have it open back up exactly as I left it saves me heartache and time. I don't run it often, but when I do it works as expected. It will run slower, but who's in that much of a hurry? I run Snow Leopard and 8 gigs of RAM.
I never tried VMWare Fusion. Had a bad experience many eons ago with Virtual PC though.