9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 13, 2013 1:01 PM by Csound1
Bob Sabiston Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)

After having Boot Camp fail this morning while partitioning the drive, and now having to erase and restore my entire hard drive, 500GB worth of crap, I am wondering -- does Boot Camp work with the fusion drive?  My new iMac has one of these things, and I am wondering if that is maybe the reason it did not work.

 

Thanks

Bob

  • 1. Re: Does Boot Camp work with Fusion Drive
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    Boot Camp works with the Fusion Drive only if you have 10.8.3 or later. You can check the Mac OS X version you have in  > About this Mac

  • 2. Re: Does Boot Camp work with Fusion Drive
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,310 points)

    Note that while 10.8.3 should support Boot Camp installations problems are very common (as reported on this site)

     

    Use a VM instead of Boot Camp.

  • 3. Re: Does Boot Camp work with Fusion Drive
    Bob Sabiston Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)

    I have 10.8.4.

     

    Hmm I was trying to decide whether to do Boot Camp or VM, and I was planning on doing BootCamp but then using Parallels to connect to the Boot Camp partition.  But sounds like Bootcamp might be dicey with the Fusion drive -- and it certainly has been in my experience.

     

    But using a regular VM is more reliable you think?  I haven't used a VM since Parallels first came out, and I had trouble with it.  Is it pretty good at working with custom hardware (connects through USB) that expects to see a Windows OS?

     

    Thanks,

    Bob

  • 4. Re: Does Boot Camp work with Fusion Drive
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,310 points)

    VM's are reliable now, my favorite is Virtual Box, not because it is free, because it is better than the paid ones.

  • 5. Re: Does Boot Camp work with Fusion Drive
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    A virtual machine is less risky because it doesn't modify your hard disk. However, it gives you less performance because it doesn't use all the hardware of your computer. Now, all applications that allow you to create virtual machines work correctly with USB devices, that you will be able to connect after installing the software that the application provides in order to make Windows work correctly.

     

    Respecting to apps, you can use Parallels, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox. Parallels gives you a better performance, but if you want a free application, install VirtualBox

  • 6. Re: Does Boot Camp work with Fusion Drive
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,310 points)

    mende1 wrote:

     

    A virtual machine is less risky because it doesn't modify your hard disk. However, it gives you less performance because it doesn't use all the hardware of your computer.

    While that is true the actual performance available depends on how much resources you have, and how much is made available to Windows. (Win 7 in BC on my iMac gets a 5.9, in a VM it gets a 4.8) all the reduction is in the graphics performance. Disk performance in the VM is faster. I have 16GB or Ram, the VM gets 8 of that when it is running.

     

    If games are to played a VM is useless.

  • 7. Re: Does Boot Camp work with Fusion Drive
    Bob Sabiston Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)

    Well, I did want the option of playing games, but realistically I never play games on my computer, and I really just need the Windows for Nintendo development.  If it will work with a VM I guess I will go that way. 

     

    Thanks for the information

  • 8. Re: Does Boot Camp work with Fusion Drive
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    You are welcome

  • 9. Re: Does Boot Camp work with Fusion Drive
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,310 points)

    You're welcome.