My new Macbook!

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So I have the new MacBook and after a week or so I’ve got to say love it.

It’s easily the best machine I’ve ever had and the specs are better than my old desktop system that’s now been consigned to the bin (or at least eBay).

For quite a while I was torn about whether to get the 2.4Ghz MacBook or the MacBook Pro. The cheapest Pro is about $400 more and with the base model you’re basically paying for a bigger and slightly better quality screen (1440×900 as opposed to 1280×800). In the end I figured that at home it’d mostly be plugged into an external display, and for portability the MacBook is a better choice (smaller, lighter, and marginally better battery life). This was definitely the right decision, the Pro is nice but I’m very happy with the more compact MacBook.

That said, as this is going to be my main machine I did bump the base-specs up to Ninja-level and added 4GB of RAM and replaced the hard-drive with a 320GB 7200 RPM model. For me the performance of SSD drives isn’t there quite yet, some of the latest drives are close but not at a price-point I’d consider.

The biggest-pain I’ve had so far is getting Bootcamp installed and working. If you have want two partitions for OSX & Windows setup it’s pretty easy to get working, but if you want a third partition to share data between them it gets tricky. With a lot of faffing around I eventually managed to get it working quite nicely. I had to spring for the Paragon NTFS driver though since I chose NTFS for the data drive (FAT32 is an awful choice for large drivers, and HFS+ support outside of OSX is pretty dire).

What’s really nice is that I can either boot directly into the Windows partition, or run it under OSX using VMware Fusion. I’ve used Virtual Machines for quite a while but being able to dual-use one like this is nifty.

3 Comments

  • Roman Honecker
    November 16, 2008 - 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Which hard-drive model do you use, to replace the built-in one?

    Which RAM-Model do you use?

    Greets
    Roman

  • November 18, 2008 - 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I use this Seagate model; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148307

    It’s had a lot of good reviews in terms of being low noise/power/heat. I never really ran the original harddrive so I can’t say how they compare, but with the new drive it gets warm to the touch but not hot.

    The memory is also from New Egg. I believe it can be bought cheaper elsewhere, but I’ve always had great experiences with New Egg.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146878

  • MM
    March 7, 2009 - 2:29 am | Permalink

    Hi,

    What steps did you go through to create a third partition using ntfs?

    Has you had any issues with this?

    Is the 3rd partition seen by Fusion?

    Thanks

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