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    How much space does a MAC OSX user use?
    I'm a PC user who is getting a mac for the first time. I have tons of windows apps that I'm gonna install on the windows partition of my new mac book pro when it comes in. My hard drive will be 120 gigs. I also have an external hard drive in windows ntfs format.

    So my question is how much space should I dedicate to my mac os x partition?

    I'm new to mac so I don't really know about any mac programs to buy, so I don't know whether I'll really need to dedicate a lot of space to mac os x or not?

    I'm gonna install cs3 (windows) painter (windows) and 4 or 5 games and Visual studio 2005 on the windows partition.

    Right now I'm thinking about 80 gigs for windows and 40 gigs for mac os X. Is 40 gigs enough for the average mac os x user?

    Thanks in advance.

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    why do you want to buy a mac when you clearly only want to use windblows apps?

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    Excellent point, sLux! I personally really don't understand people buying a Mac to run mainly Windoze on it. Makes no sense to me at all. You should get a Dell TheStranger55, that would be best IMO.

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    What's an average Mac user into? The question has no answer, really.

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    Honestly, except for the few games you say you want to run, why not use something like Parallels or VMware Fusion to run your Windows applications like cs3, painter, and Visual Studio? It seems really strange to partition it with so much dedicated to Windows. You could use Boot Camp with say, a 20GB partition to take care of the games you want to play, and then do everything else in a VM so that way you wouldn't be limiting yourself so much. Give OSX a fair shot - you'll be surprised, I guarantee it. If you start looking at OSX apps, you will not want to use your Windows apps anymore.

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    digitalscrap that is a really good solution, the question is, does he want to just TRY out OS X, and then use windows for the rest? If so, go to ebay and buy a cheap iBook or iMac with os x on and try it out. It can be a real bummer if you buy the Macbook Pro and then wont use the OS X side really.

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    Maybe it's just the cool factor? I dunno, I don't understand this move at all...

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    Go buy a freaking Dell XPS, that would be better really.

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    I bought my Macs to run OSX. That is what a Mac was really designed to do. Bootcamp was brought out for the people who need a couple of Windows apps say at work but wanted OSX for the rest. If your primary use is Windows and Windows Apps, get a PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sLux View Post
    why do you want to buy a mac when you clearly only want to use windblows apps?
    Well here are my reasons.

    1) I'm a student and thus got a $200 student discount with a free ipod so it came down to $1999(Canadian) The only computer with similar specs as the macbook Pro was the asus G1, I believe and that costed ($2100) and no free IPod.

    2) I'm a software developer and wanted to develop cross platform apps. So I want a mac to test my programs on the mac platform.

    3) I like learning new things and hence I wouldn't mind trying out mac os X, but I wanted to keep my primary computing experience Windows.

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    I agree, why even get a Macbook Pro if Windows is still going to be your primary OS? I only use my VM when I absolutely have to for work, which is not that frequently, since I have a work Thinkpad (ugh) that I bring home most of the time. The only time I use ever use Boot Camp is to play an odd game here or there, and that's not very often at all. I have only have a 10GB partition dedicated for Boot Camp. That's it.

    Hopefully he will see the light once (if) he gets the Mac.

    EDIT: TheStranger55, you posted while I was typing my response. It still seems like a strange way to go considering that you have two great solutions in VMware Fusion and Parallels. Rebooting is going to get to be very annoying. You could run Visual Studio while you are in OSX, and with features like VMware's unity and Parallels Coherence, you won't even need to reboot to test your programs on the mac platform.

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    Well I'm a new Mac user. So maybe over time I will use mac OS X as my primary OS.

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    Just for a free iPod? That is a bogus reason that will make you hate your Mac. No, really go with a Winbox/Asus. It will be better I think. You never know, you can scrape up the $ for an iPod later and be happy with your computer at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheStranger55 View Post
    Well I'm a new Mac user. So maybe over time I will use mac OS X as my primary OS.
    Then limit yourself, force yourself to use OS X, 80 GB Mac, 40 GB Winblows

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacHeadCase View Post
    Just for a free iPod? That is a bogus reason that will make you hate your Mac. No, really go with a Winbox. It will be better I think.
    Alright here is my main reason again.

    I bought my mac book pro from the education store where I get a $200 discount so it only costs $1999 (Canadian) for me with the free IPod.

    Now here is a PC with the similar specs

    http://www.anitec.ca/product/9030/as..._*santa_rosa*/

    As you can see the only difference is the video card is 256 MB instead of 128 MB and the hard drive is 40 gigs more. But I don't need a huge hd cause I got a 250 gb external.

    But it is $2199 (Canadian) and no free IPod.

    So to me the macbook pro made more economic sense.

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