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Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

Ordered my new iMac 17" 2.0GHZ Duo !!!


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Hi all.

I have been a PC user for years and after my main box crashed on me yesterday :bomb: (again) I finally decided to make the switch. I have ordered the iMac core 2 duo 2.0 GHZ with 1 GB ram, 150GB HD and a 17" display. I hope I can get all the old data off of my two hard drives that are in the desktop that crashed. (the drives are fine, its the processor that crapped out.) Can anyone tell me if it is possible to plug them into an external IDE to USB adapter and just pull off what I need and then format them for use as external drives? Or will my new Mac have trouble reading a windows formatted drive? I was also hoping to reinstall XP on the usb drive and run it through Parallels whenever I needed it. The PC to Mac Switchers guide was helpful but it was a little vauge on this point. I have a 160 GB and an 80 GB drive that are both loaded with software, financial data, video and music. I have one IDE to USB adapter already and it works just fine with PC's. If I must I suppose I can just use my trusty laptop to burn all of the data to DVD's but I was hoping to avoid that. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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congrats and you will be just fine. I had to do that myself with my older imac. The new mac will be able to read the files and copy them over. Im not sure how the USB drive is going to be booting winXP though. you could always try it and see what happens.
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I just ordered an iMac for myself as well. I should be getting it day after tommorow. I purchased a 17 inch core 2 duo iMac like yourself with 1 GB RAM. But I upgraded the processor to 2.16 gHz and the hard drive to 250 gb.

I've been a Windows user all my life, hopefully this transition will go smoothly!
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Hi

I am having imac 17 " c2d for 2 weeks now and enjoying the switch but still haven't had the time to completely dig things. Hopefully can do now...... The only thing which is bugging me is the sound in imac, it's not really up to the mark.

I want to add one more thing - this forum is amazing - really helpful people here.
cheers kaps
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I just ordered an iMac for myself as well. I should be getting it day after tommorow. I purchased a 17 inch core 2 duo iMac like yourself with 1 GB RAM. But I upgraded the processor to 2.16 gHz and the hard drive to 250 gb.

I've been a Windows user all my life, hopefully this transition will go smoothly!
wether you like it or not, you're gonna like it.
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You will be able to read your windows formatted hdd's on your Mac without any problems. I've had my iMac for a week now and have transferred lots of files from my old PC hdd using a usb caddy.

Congrats on your purchase.
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congrats dude, you will love the machine, i swicthed and will never go back to a windows machine.

once again well done on doing the smart move
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Hello all! I've made the switch just as hundreds of other PC users out there and haven't looked back! I have been using a PC for over 12 years and have been a network administrator for 2 companies... I actually received my MBP C2D today. It screams, I sold my MBP a week ago and I must say there is a difference. I ordered the one with the 256MB video card and it rocks. I also applied the "invisible shield" and it looks even better!

Anyway to those that are contemplating on making the switch... just do it! You won't regret it. My $0.02. =)
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I also applied the "invisible shield" and it looks even better!
What is this?

Ryan
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change also from 5 windows pcs to 2 imacs and 1 windows laptop

the windows laptop days are numbered though

:yinyang: Evolution win 3.1 / 95 -98-2000-xp now Tiger bye bill
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ya what is the invisible shield?
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I swicthed a few months back and I am hopefully getting a MBP on the 13th, fingers crossed anyway!
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