Long-time Windows user needing some tips on migrating to a Mac world. :)
I'm a software developer. My company uses Visual Studio / IIS / SQL Server to build web-based apps. I'm also working on some iOS apps using a Mac Mini.
I've just purchased a new Retina Mac Book Pro. Relevant specs are: Quad-core i7; 16GB RAM; 768GB Flash Storage.
I'd like to setup Windows 7 in a BootCamp partition (for when I need native performance/experience) and use Parallels to run my Windows apps most of the time.
My questions are:
What is the best way to share files. Is it a bad idea to create a FAT32 partition for my data and allow both OSes native access to the files? Will I end up with corrupted files as the OSes compete for resources? Or will they both respect accesses to the files as they would in a network-shared-resource environment?
What is the ideal backup situation? I currently use Mozy to back up my files, though I've considered moving to a SkyDrive/Google Drive setup. Should I run that from both the OS X and the Windows installations separately? Will my backup software run on the Windows installing when I'm accessing it through Parallels? I don't want to backup the Windows installation as a VM because then I don't have access to individual files in the backup.
Are there any "gotchas" I need to be aware of as far as SSD life running in this configuration? Extra large loading and saving cycles as the (Bootcamp) VM is accessed, for example?
I'm planning on allocating 8-12GB to the VM. How many cores should I allocate to the VM?
Appreciate any help/tips as I learn to navigate the Mac world!