10-01-2009, 11:00 AM
Joined this forum prior to buying a Mac since I have various questions prior to making a purchase - I hope this is the proper category & thread is OK. I currently own a generic PC which I was forced to buy after my old Dell Dimension's (should I even mention that brand?) motherboard fried out. I am lucky enough to live down the road from a geek shop & computer repair place and they sold me a generic model and I was lucky enough to get them to install the old hard drive onto this current "clunker" I have. So in essence, I have a system with 2 hard drives (i.e., original one is considered a "slave drive").
I did not lose any of my folders or files or images and graphcs stored in specific folders etc.
The old Dell ran on Windows XP Pro and this current "bucket of bolts
" had an OEM version of XP Pro installed since I was used to that OS. Prior to buying a Mac, this is where my questions come into play:
#1. From transferring files from this old clunker to a Mac, will I lose
anything Microsoft-related such as my web editor? I use FrontPage 2002
and my trusty old Photoshop 6.0 etc.?
#2. By running Windows XP Pro OEM version right now, will there be any
difficulties in transferring that aspect of it?
#3. Is there a "best" way to transfer info from current computer to a Mac?
I have a Maxtor portable USB drive on hand and could use that, but
since Mac is involved, I'm wondering if a more efficient way exists?
I.e. Cabling them together and configuring something on one system
and then the new machine?
I'm an illustrator and have thousands of 'toons on the hard drives, web pages, invoices etc. I was told this also:
1. Use virtualization. That's using Windows along side Mac OS X. There are a couple of programs for that VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop. It's been shown that Windows actually works faster on a Mac than on PCs. I don't know why. You have to have a version of Windows to install--I think there are even instructions on the web for how to install the version that came pre-installed on your PC.
2. Use Boot Camp. That's the Apple solution, which basically is to partition your drive, install Windows on one partition, and to switch between Windows and Mac OS X, you have to re-boot.
Any insights or feedback on the best way to proceed would be revered. I'd copy those suggestions to Notepad and print out to save in a hard folder for reference purposes prior to making a buy.
I've grown weary of PC platform....by running the old OS you need to protect yourself from the inevitable and in doing so, alot of these programs do auto-updating and system scans which slow your machine down as you're trying to work etc....it's just gotten tiring. Help