Bootcamp Question

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  1. WhiteFlame

    WhiteFlame New Member

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    So, though I have a new macbook in my possession, its actually a christmas gift so I can't use it just yet. I'm wondering which OS would be better to run in Bootcamp (XP or Vista) for possibly a few games and maybe some apps, but it'll most likely be for a few PC only games. I've got copies of both OS so it's no problem for me to set either one up, I'm just looking for some opionions on what would be better to run for something like this.

    EDIT: Forgot my other question. Which format is better to partition it with? You can do FAT/FAT32 and NTFS can't you? I've heard that Mac can only write on the FAT formats, but I don't know if I really need this or not. (You might be able to guess...this is my first Mac.)
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    thechungster Super Moderator Emeritus

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    I would recommend XP, just seems better for me, its quicker

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    Umm, you can either do NTFS, or FAT32, apparently FAT32 is better.
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    Teslanaut Well-Known Member

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    XP will run better because it has better compatibility. It doesn't really matter what Filesystem you use since there are ways to work around the incompatible formats.

    To Write to NTFS from Mac, you need MacFUSE, which is Free.

    To Write to HFSJ+ (Mac OS X) from Windows, you will need MacDrive.

    You COULD use Fat32, but its a terrible and old filesystem. You can't have files over 4GB and things get slow with files 2GB or more.
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    another point for choosing xp: if you only want to use this windows for games then xp will run faster and the OS itself takes less space on your hard disk and you don't need to make a too big bootcamp partition.
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    Thanks, I think I'll stick to like 20gb or so with NTFS. Thanks again everyone...now to find that XP CD! >_<;
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    hotwater10 Banned

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    BTW do you need a vista CD to dual Boot with BOOTCAMP
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    you can dual boot? that does mean run both at once right? i didnt think u could do that with boot camp, only paralel
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    with dual boot, you can not run both OS at the same time. you choose which one you want to boot on. but if you boot on mac you can run the bootcamp partition in a virtual machine.
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    ohh good to know, ty

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    XP, I think all the game devs still develope for XP, so all the games you can get for it

    ANd, I just like xp better

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