The Dark Side

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A few years ago, I – a Microsoft Windows man – would have firmly and unequivocally dismissed the idea of ever using a Mac.  After all, “I’m a PC” – right?  Well, I must confess, I have inched over to the dark side – if ever so slightly.  Due to my crazy travel schedules, I figured it would be prudent to buy a light-weight laptop with a long battery life.  Enter the Mac.  Specifically, the 13″ MacBook Pro MC375LLA with (apparently) a 10 hour battery life!

Ordinarily, the 10 hour (or even if it were 50 hour) battery life would not have pushed me over the PC-Mac divide considering that all my software – both what I use and what I develop – runs on Windows!  But that’s where things have improved considerably on the Parallels/Bootcamp front.  Although, either option would have been fine, I opted for Bootcamp.  And here is where things got interesting.

As part of our corporate standard – rooted in the notion of separation of concerns – the OS partition should be separate from the data partition.  This is easily done on any PC; while setting up Windows, you simply split up the drive into multiple partitions and that’s it.  However, with Bootcamp, it isn’t quite that simple.  After reading various tech blogs including some that prescribed a “simple” almost 15-step process choke full of cryptic partition manipulating commands, I came to the conclusion that there has got to be an easier way.  There was.

  1. Create a Bootcamp partition large enough for the OS and go through the Windows installation process.
  2. After – and only after – Windows is installed, start the “Disk Utility” from the Mac OS.  You should see two partitions – the Mac HD and Bootcamp – under the primary drive.
  3. Now create a new partition from the Mac HD – I named it “elixir” – again part of the standard.
  4. Restart in Windows and format “elixir” to NTFS!

That simple.