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Hi, I will be starting my post-bac in computer science this spring and I am planning on buying a new laptop for my courses. The university prefers a Windows laptop, but ever since my switch to Mac, I never want to go back to a PC. I have a few questions:

1. What advantages does a Windows/PC laptop have over a Mac for computer science?
2. I have the option of running Windows in my Mac, but if I were to do that will it slow down the laptop? Will it consume more gigbytes since I will be switching between using Windows and the Mac OS?
3. Is there a downside to running Windows in a Mac?
4. Instead of running Windows in my Mac, is there a way for me to run it in an external portable hard drive? If so, what external drive do you recommend that will hold all my computer science course load?

Thank you in advance!

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Caroline:

Well from my years of experience in Operating systems including MAC and Windows I see no advantage: Let me explain why.

Most of my friends now use MAC's because one of the great advantages to MAC's for now is that they are NOT as vulnerable to attaches as Windows.  You can run MOST programs on MAC all you have to do is investigate what is needed.

I did some GOOGLE searching here is what I found on Windows running on MAC:
This will answer questions 1, 2, 3 I believe:

1. http://www.parallels.com/landingpage/pd/windows-on-mac/?utm_source=bing&utm_medi

2. https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111222012704AAFnxu2

3. http://www.maccleaners.org/why-is-my-mac-running-slow/


QUESTION 4:   Instead of running Windows in my Mac, is there a way for me to run it in an external portable hard drive? If so, what external drive do you recommend that will hold all my computer science course load?



1. http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/49004/install-windows-7-on-external-dri

Now I am no MAC expert by any means BUT I do know that I too will soon be joining the MAC attack and buying one!

Hope this helps
Jeff  

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