Recently I've found myself using my PowerBook G4 17-inch as more of a desktop (at home only), in that it practically never leaves the house with me. — So, with Apple's recent changeover to Intel chips, maybe it was time for an upgrade?
… I ended up going for the new Mac Pro! 🤩
Since these newer computers can dual-boot into both Mac OS X and Windows using Bootcamp (or Linux), I felt like this machine could probably replace both my Mac and my PC at once. — Plus, it's a full-sized tower with expandability for multiple PCI-X cards as well as up to six total internal RAID-able drives. (Two front-facing, and four horizontally mounted above the main logic board inside the case.)
Anyway, so awesome. — I brought the machine home from the nearby Apple Store and connected it to my PowerBook using a Firewire 800 cable between the two machines… and off the migration went using Target Disk Mode!
… Afterward, setting up Bootcamp was a breeze. All I really wanted it for (at least initially) was to play Half-Life 2, but it's usually good to have a Windows instance running somewhere nearby just in case: 😉
All you really need to do is follow the Bootcamp steps that Apple provides, which currently is to install the package they offer for download, run the application from inside of the “Utilities” folder on your Mac, and just follow the guided instructions!
You'll need a blank CD and also a copy of Windows XP CD with Service Pack 2. Note that it has to be SP2:
… So yeah, the Mac Pro is awesome! — It's definitely a great machine for anyone looking for serious power, flexibility, and the stability and features of Mac OS X, of course. 😊