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12-20-2012, 12:36 AM #1
New 27" iMacs With 3TB Fusion Hard Drives Unable to Use Boot Camp
Apple’s 27” iMacs, while powerful and beautiful, possess a rather significant snafu involving Apple’s new 3TB Fusion Hard Drive.
Apple has disclosed rather quietly that any 27” iMac outfitted with a 3TB Fusion Drive will not be able to utilize Boot Camp. At all. Apparently adding the $400 option to a build-to-order iMac prevents business users and others who depend on the Windows platform from accessing Microsoft's OS without the aid of virtualization software like Parallels and VM Ware.
Apple has yet to explain why the 27” iMacs with 3TB Fusion Drives can not utilize Boot Camp, but their smaller 2TB and under hard drives can. User’s have pointed out that it’s likely a limitation of 3TB drives in combination with the BIOS utilized in Boot Camp. Throwing in the 128GB SSD as part of the Fusion Drive is just the icing on the cake.
Whatever the reason Apple should be actively notifying users purchasing made-to-order iMacs with 3TB drives that they will not be able to utilize Boot Camp. At least as of now. Apple has left the door open for future updates adding support.
12-20-2012, 01:12 AM #2
Bootcamp is why i buy apple products. I have lots of software that don't support a mac platform.
12-20-2012, 03:51 AM #3
Parallels is a much safer and faster way of running any windows OS. I've been a beta tester for parallels since prior to its first public release.
Don't risk your Mac. Seriously. OS X and parallels make windows work better than a PC or direct-boot system can.
12-20-2012, 03:58 AM #4
Shower of apple nutmegs
It's quite simple to fix
Iv just put a SSD into my iMac just under 3 years old and it flys
Saved my self a bucket of cash
Any way this is not the fix I don't rate Mr Cook
Apple are making to many mistakes iTunes mountain lion now this
12-20-2012, 05:16 AM #5
12-20-2012, 08:16 AM #6
You don't run Apple on your iMac so why say you run VMware?
VMware is the company, Fusion is the product...
Might as well phrase this article like; You can't run Microsoft on the new Apple without running VMware
Last edited by feidhlim1986; 12-20-2012 at 08:18 AM.
12-20-2012, 08:34 AM #7
Bootcamp is a more annoying, slower way to use Windows on a Mac. VM's in something like VirtualBox is the best way to do it.
12-20-2012, 08:44 AM #8
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12-20-2012, 11:34 AM #10
I got my 27" 2 days ago and it has to go back already. If I shut it down the fans come on full throttle unless I unplug it. Not happy since it is a custom built model and they wont have another ready for many weeks. Now no boot camp...
12-20-2012, 12:05 PM #11
iMacs With [...] Fusion Hard Drives Unable to Use Boot Camp
Of course THEY CAN'T. Fusion drive is a SOFTWARE
Phillip, this time you copied something you did not understood at all. Fix it please.
Fusion drive is 128Gb ssd + 3TB hdd combined into logical volume by the OSX.
Windows does not have capability do operate on such volume.
BootCamp does not install on 3TB drive by itself alone (probably cause of firmware limitations, no idea atm.). It does not matter to bootcamp whether there is 3Tb drive alone or 3Tb "fusion drive" (which is 3Tb drive + 128Gb ssd). Bootcamp creates partition on the HDD omitting the ssd completely.
12-20-2012, 12:34 PM #12
If you're an IT professional like myself, you would run your Mac as per normal, while having Parallels running in the background and, and just swipe to the windows screen, go about your Microsoft Windows Apps and Management tools, then swipe back to your Mac desktop and go about working on your Mac...Don't live by other people's rules... Live by your OWN!!!
Why settle for less if you can have sooo much more!!!
12-20-2012, 01:03 PM #13
12-20-2012, 01:04 PM #14
Since this peaked my interest when it came to gaming and I'm thinking of getting a windows game. If I understand correctly bootcamp good for gaming and parallels bad for gaming. Aye?
12-20-2012, 01:14 PM #15
Honestly, I won't use Bootcamp anymore anyway. I love the flexibility that Parallels affords me. I only have to setup Windows on one machine, then I can copy it to any others that need the same setup and input a new License Key and away I go. No more installing program after program after program and tons of updates, etc.
12-20-2012, 01:46 PM #16
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12-20-2012, 04:42 PM #18
You cannot get better performance running a VM compared to running natively. FACT!
That's not even taking into account that virtualization of GPUs is still at its infancy.
Stop trying to talk as if you know what you are talking about.
12-20-2012, 06:36 PM #19
Ok we'll when I run test in windows on both, all tests are better on the vm, also, see what kind of user performance your going to get if you run it on boot camp. Because I do I fact have a boot camp partition, along with parallels, and I'll state this now, the windows in parallels is not the boot camp partition. I set it up like that just to see what would be better, so by experience, I do no what I'm talking about.
12-20-2012, 07:58 PM #20
This, I found from New Features on Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac.
Where is my DX 10 and 11?
Last edited by blueberry27; 12-20-2012 at 08:08 PM.