Hello from a newbie who has just found out that a Mini 9 can be hackintoshed -- what a beautifully small machine! (Maybe Apple will release someting like this next month, with Verizon 3G, but I want one now!) I have read many threads as homework and would appreciate some clarification from an experienced member.
I would like to get a bigger SSD
(probably 32GB) for OS X and feel it best (cheapest) to start with the 8GB XP model. I understand that I should be able to simply put the new SSD
into the machine and restore XP onto it from the provided system restore disks if I were to want to continue to use XP with the bigger SSD
. Is this correct?
However, I am next going to reformat the new SSD
to install OS X, so is the initial XP restore a necessary step to perform on the 32GB SSD
? In other words, will the CD/USB bootloader fire up the computer with a brand new SSD
(with no system), and will the OS X install then proceed uneventfully after reformatting it as GUID, or does the new SSD
first need to have XP on it for anything to start? (Yes, I know this is a stupid question, since "bootloader" should be self-evident in what it does, but I am completely Windows illiterate and am compelled to ask. If nothing else but just for validation.)
Finally, I should have a fast-yet-tiny hackintosh for daily use, and I will still have the original 8GB SSD
with XP on it. If the missus were to decide she needed to use the Mini occasionally for business trips, and seeing as how she is stuck in a Windows world at her work, would loaning it to her as an XP machine
be as simple as popping the bottom open, removing the 32GB OS X SSD
, replacing the 8GB XP SSD
into the slot and firing it up? Or would there be some EFI-based tweaking involved at each such SSD
Thank you very much for your help.