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    Jan 05, 2013
    Help me turn my Mac into a dual boot machine, please.
    Hi, I would like to be able to boot into windows for a bit of gaming, and other random uses.

    I have a Mac Pro quad 2.66 with 4 gigs of RAM, a 750 gig tornado drive, and an x1900xt.

    I would like to put a new drive in that is used for Windows only - probably Windows 7. What am I looking for? I don't want to buy a hard drive and find out it cannot be used by my machine.

    I would like to upgrade the graphics card to something a little more powerful, but again, I don't know what I can out in my machine.

    I would also like to put in more RAM. Once more, I don't know what I can use. Help please?

    I am running OS 10.6.8 if that matters.

    EDIT: My disc drive is screwed too. What do I do about that?

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    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Flash Storage, OS X.12.6.
    Depends on the precise model. Some folk call the Mac Pro 1.1, 2.66GHz Dual Core a quad, and there is a later 2009 model, genuine quads, model 4.1. In my Mac Pro days just mounted a drive in Bay 2, formatted for Windows and installed Windows 7 and it worked well with an ATI Radeon HD4870 flashed video card with 1GB memory. Later 5770/6770 will also work better than the XT1900XT.

    Got to say memroy needs upgrading to about 12/16GB to get the biggest boost for your buck.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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