Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2013 11:50 AM (in response to _z_)
Unfortunately, I don't think you should proceed with this plan. I don't think you should be buying a Mac if you really only want to run Windows. And trying to intrude on the way the fusion drive utilizes its SSD and traditional HD elements is also likely to cause you trouble later on when your Mac OS or Windows OS upgrades and whatever you have done proves to be incompatible. The fusion drive is handled internally by the Mac OS and I think you'll be asking for problems down the road with this scheme.
If you want to run Windows, I suggest you research and procure the best Windows machine you can. Doing this on top of the Mac OS adds a layer of complexity that I think will not serve you well in the long term. A lot of that $3000 you'd be paying is for the features of the Mac OS that you'll never be using.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2013 11:51 AM (in response to _z_)
It's possible you'll get better responses here, as that's where the Boot Camp gurus hang out:
Hopefully, they'll be able to answer your question.
(Unless Linc Davis happens to read this...seems like he's got every operating system known on his Macs).
Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2013 11:54 AM (in response to _z_)
Welcome to the Apple Support Communities
First, an advice: Boot Camp isn't compatible with 3 TB hard disks and Fusion Drive. For 3 TB hard disks, there's a workaround, but it doesn't work on a 3 TB Fusion Drive, so you won't be able to install Windows until Apple fixes this, so my advice is to wait until Apple launches OS X 10.8.3 or buy the iMac with a 1 or 2 TB hard disk and an external disk.
1. The SSD is used automatically by OS X to store the applications and data you most use, but Windows can't use it, and there's no workaround for this.
2. You can try to install Windows 8 in EFI mode, but I don't guarantee that it works. I tried it on my iMac and I started getting BSODs after some startups. Also, Macs don't use UEFI 2.0 (Macs use EFI 1.x), so you can't use Windows 8 advanced features such as Secure Boot. For Windows 7, you can't install it in EFI mode (it requires UEFI 2.0 or later)
3. Fusion Drive only allows you to have two volumes, and with Boot Camp, you can only have two volumes on your computer: one for OS X and the other one for Windows. That's because Boot Camp emulates a BIOS to make Windows run (although it isn't neccesary in Windows 8, if Apple would want).
4. First, you can't install Windows on the SSD. Then, OS X shouldn't ruin Windows because each operating system have got its space
Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2013 12:15 PM (in response to _z_)
Personally if I had $3000 to spend and my old PC was outdated?
I'd put 1000 to $1500 into a serious PC tower for Windows.
Then look at a base model Mac Mini (under a $1000) or base model iMac (at $1500) to dabble around in OS X with.iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, iPods, Mac OS X (10.6.8), (10.8.2), Safari, iTunes, iPhoto
Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2013 12:21 PM (in response to Mike Osborn)
Thanks, Mike. I'll try posting there instead.