In this video I walk you through all of the steps on how to install Windows 7 on your Mac using the built-in Boot Camp Utility. I also talk about why you might want to use an additional program like VMWare Fusion or Parallels to virtualize your OS.
Q: How much space do I need for my Windows partition?
A: 30GB is the absolute minimum amount I would allocate. That pretty much gets you the operating system without much room for anything else. If you are planning on installing games, other applications, etc. make sure you leave ample room for all of those programs. 60-100GB will be plenty depending on how many applications you are going to install.
Q: Is there a way to link and share the main HDD with both systems?
A: OSX will not recognize your Windows volume by itself. There are some applications that you can buy (I have not looked into this in a long time) that you can install on your mac to read and write to Windows. Windows 7 by default can read your OSX partition and can do some limited writing to it as well. However it’s much wiser in my opinion to keep the two completely separate in their own realms.
Q: If you had Microsoft Office on your Mac, will it also be available on the Windows 7?
A: Unfortunately, the answer is no. Microsoft Office for Mac and Office for Windows are two different programs. If you are running Fusion or Parallels you will be able to use Microsoft Office on your Mac (OSX Side) while using your Windows applications.
Applications installed on either OSX or Windows are unique to that operating system.
Q: You know when you partition the Mac and the Windows, can you save the Windows partition to an external drive? If so, how do you do it?
A: Boot Camp does not support installing on an external drive. What you can do though, is follow the steps in this video, install it and do that whole deal, then use a program like Winclone to copy Windows to your external drive. If you do all that then you can run Windows off an external just fine, and delete the partition you created on your Mac.
Q: When I try to partition it says I need to enable journaling in Disk Utility, Can you PLEASE HELP!
A: Open up Disk Utility by either typing “Disk Utility” in the Spotlight, or opening a new Finder window and navigating to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility. In there, make sure that your current drive is set to “Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” as shown in my picture below.
If it is not, you will need to use time machine to back up your computer to an external hard drive. After that is complete, you will need to insert the OSX install disc that came with your computer, or if you are running Lion you can boot off of the restore volume. In either case, restart your machine and hold down the “Option” key. Do this until you can select either the CD or Lion Restore volume. Once the virtual OS loads, you will need to ignore the initial steps it prompts you with and go to Disk Utility.
From there, you will need to repartition your hard drive with Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Once that is completed you can restore your machine from a “Time Machine Backup” and then continue with the Boot Camp Utility process again.