I've ordered a new Macbook Pro that'll come pre-installed with OS X Lion (500 GB HDD). For someone like me who's always heard and watched, but never actually worked on a Mac, this is gonna be a completely new experience.
Windows 7 will continue to be a big part of my work and I plan to first install it via Bootcamp and then eventually get that bootcamped-partition on Mac OS X interface via VMWare or Parallels. My current confusion is related to the partitioning of the new system and how it is different from what I used to do in Windows.
I have been doing a lot of research on this and have almost got a hang of using boot camp to set up Windows 7. What I am not able to understand is whether I should create a new data partition like I used to do in Windows.. you know to protect my data in case the main OS install goes for a toss.
I came across this thread on Macworld forums which has both pro and counter arguments against creating a third data partition on Lion. If you take a quick look and scroll to the very bottom, you'll see that user there says, "having a Data partition in no way shape or form .... protects anything... secures anything.... makes it easier... or benefits anything." ...is he correct? I mean, doesn't separating data from the OS install in Mac make sense like it does in Windows??
I'd also appreciate any other partioning related tips and suggestions on using Windows+Mac together productively on a Macbook Pro with Lion.