Can i use both windows and OS X in the same hardisk

I want to install windows 7 ultimate(64 bit) on imac but if i install it can i use both OS X and windows in the same hardisk or do i have to plug in an external hardisk and can i still use OS X or only apple??

Welcome to Apple Support Communities
Of course. You can install Windows and OS X in the same hard drive, because that's the purpose of Boot Camp.
I see you are using OS X Mavericks, so you can install Windows 7 or 8 in Boot Camp > Then, follow these steps to install Windows > 10.8.pdf
After installing Windows, your Mac will start up in Windows by default. In order to choose in which operating system you want to start up, just hold the Option (Alt) key while your computer is starting up.
If you do not want to do heavy tasks in Windows, another option you should consider is to install Windows in a virtual machine with the use of an app like VMware Fusion, VirtualBox or Parallels. This way is more secure and there's no risk to harm your Mac.

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