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185 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2013 12:22 PM by andyBall_uk RSS
Emkayz Calculating status...
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Feb 10, 2013 8:38 AM



I recently replaced my MacBook Pro 13" 2011 model with a new HDD, I had the origional Hitachi, 320GB / 5400RPM HDD removed as it broke and lost everything on my Mac as I had no backup HDD at all. I now have purchased a new Seagate 750GB / 7200.4RPM HDD which seems very nice. I had to buy the new Mountain Lion to get back to where I was as before I used the normal Lion OS X.. For some reason the new Mountain Lion OS X runs slow still as did the old Lion OS X.. As Snow Leopard was very fast on start up and shut down.. One thing that really annoyed me about the new Mountain Lion is it removed the zoom in interface part of what I used quite a lot where you hold Alt + 2 fingers on touch pad to zoom in etc. Anyway enough of that Back to my question and info in which I need.


Basically I like to game. I know Mac's aren't built for gaming but hopefully my new HDD can stand gaming etc. But to cut a long story short I'd like to play Skyrim (Offline MMO) I'm sure a lot of you know about the game or have heard of it. But sadly Skyrim is only available on PC / XBox and PS3. I do know about the MAC download of it but I hear it is very buggy and I'd also like to buy and download the DLC (downloadable content) which recently came out on PC for the game.


So I was wondering.. If I bootcamp my Macbook Pro's new HDD of 750GB to let's say 200GB to Windows and the rest 500GB to my Mac Mountain Lion OS X, will I need virus protection if I am to play and offline game like Skyrim but yet visit the odd internet site to download mod's or the DLC packs? Also will my new HDD stand the game itself? I do hear that the mac will be fine with my new HDD as it's really powerful but will the rest of the Mac components be okay like the fan cooling system, the motherboard etc? I did play World of Warcraft in the past on the old HDD which died after 14months of owning the Mac! Lol but hopefully I shall be ok now. If it is a bad decission to try and play a game as big as Skyrim on a Mac with boot camp then it is no big worry I can live without it. But I'd really love to hear your ideas of this if it is ok or not etc, etc.



MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 9:32 AM (in response to Emkayz)

    Yes, it is suggested that you run some kind of AV software on your Windows partition if it's bootcamped.  Reason being, you're going to be connected to the web on it no matter what at some point.  Why not be safe.  Just use something that's available for free.  Avast is my suggested course, but there are others.  For me Avast has been reliable and hasn't ever slowed down any of my systems.


    As for your hardware.  Check the requirements of the games vs the hardware specs you have (mostly CPU/RAM/VIDEO).  In terms of failure due to heat... anything is possible, but unless you have irrefutable proof that the previous HD failure was due to excessive heat during prolonged periods of time, you cannot say that's what did it.  Could have just been a normal HD failure.

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