12-04-2010, 12:53 AM
I like the form factor and aesthetics of the mac - as unfortunate as it is, I can't believe anyone hasn't bothered to try and copy the clean lines. Yeah, I know I'm paying a pretty penny for the look, considering a computer with vastly better graphics capability (at the very least) could be had for significantly less... especially considering I already have an equivalent 27" Dell monitor.
But yeah, I guess I paid for the look. And for a computer that is difficult to upgrade. The last few years I've built dozens of computers and tweaked them all the time, I have found that to become tedious and just want one computer I can just use and not be able to do much else with. I have a tendency to upgrade parts every 3-4 months so this should help with that. In the long run it might even save me some cash.
That said, I simply see no reason to keep two operating systems when one does everything I need. Snow Leopard has worked pretty well for me over the last couple of weeks and is mostly intuitive, however it has frozen on me once and there are a few simple things I cannot seem to figure out how to do. I've never really understood the guys that run multiple operating systems, or even multiple browsers. I'd rather just run one that does everything.
I need both Microsoft Access and Lotus Forms Viewer, neither of which natively run on Snow Leopard. I do run games as well, which isn't really necessary but handy every now and then.
The ifixit guide is pretty in depth and I've found a couple of good videos on youtube as well. I ordered the suction cups from the site and they arrived today, and I should have everything else I need to get going, with the exception of some compressed air and the brackets - though the ones that came with the drive may well work.
I do intend to see about installing the SSD where it would 'normally' go and fabricate my own bracket, but part of the reason I want to remove the traditional drive is due to noise and heat so I might just scratch that idea and go with a NAS or something.
So...back to my original question I guess. So Windows should install on a clean drive without any special steps in order to work with the Mac 'BIOS'?