Probably many vvvv novices owning Macs never bothered running Windows on their Macs, although it's quite easy to do so: Apple's free (being part of the OS) BootCamp let's you run Windows OSes on almost all Intel based Macs. Running vvvv via BootCamp is preferable to VM solutions, due to general performance disadvantages and some VMs lacking support for certain vvvv functionalities. Please read on if you're new to BootCamp on your Mac.
Unless you need span mode or your (Intel) Mac lacks performance, I can safely recommend Windows 7 64bit (making use of all your RAM) and the latest iteration of BootCamp (at the time of writing 4.x for X's prior to 10.8.x and 5.x for 10.8.x onwards, read this for official blurbs). The BootCamp Assistant (to be found at User/Applications/Utilities) of 10.7.x and later X's downloads the latest drivers onto a separate media (FAT32 formatted HD/USB Stick/...) provided by you. Windows 7 with said BootCamp drivers supports direct access (read only) to HFS volumes (ie. your Macintosh HD), eliminating the need of MacDrive and similar software. Make sure to update your BootCamp and graphics card driver to a recent version after completing BootCamp installation + check your settings within the BootCamp Control Panel. If you can't find it in the Task Bar or Windows Control Panels, refer to where you had BootCamp Assistant download the drivers and install manually.
It's best practice to reformat your BootCamp partition to NTFS before having Windows Installer do it's job (you'll get a chance to do so before running the installation routine), avoiding potential installation failure. You should switch from FAT32 to NTFS later on (look that one up on the net), if you succeeded anyway.
where 'name' is the name of your Win partition. Reboot to get native read/write access to your NTFS partition or external drive.
How to backup your BootCamp (NTFS only) partition when Acronis reports errors or is just too cumbersome for the BootCamp novice? Try WinClone (running on OS X), NTFS only though. WinClone supports (safe) resizing of BootCamp partitions too. Version 3 isn't free anymore, but it's worth the buck.
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