Member Since: Jan 07, 2008
Location: In Denial
Mac Specs: 4GB Mac Mini 2012, 13" MBA, 15" MacBook Pro OSX 10.7, 32 GB iPhone 3GS, iPad2 64gb 3G
04-15-2014, 12:05 AM
Welcome. I'll try to answer a few of your questions in no particular order, and leave the rest to others.
No need to purchase "Mac Compatible" drives. HDs are HDs, just how you format them.
Paragon Software sells driver pack to allow Mac to Read/Write NTFS; there are other packages available (some free) but Paragon is the one that comes readily to mind.
If you already have good monitors I'd stick with them. I'm using a Caldigit Thunderbolt Docking Station for peripheral expansion, seems to work well.
VMWare or Paralllels may be a better option than BootCamp, but I don't run Windows on my Macs, so I could be wrong.
Mint is one potential substitute for Quicken, though I gave up using CheckBook software several years ago, and use Excel and my Online Bank software instead.
BTW Macs will natively Read NTFS, just won't Write without 3rd party software/drivers.
I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .
Last edited by RavingMac; 04-15-2014 at 12:11 AM.