About to install a new hard drive and want to install boot camp + win xp.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by DavidCL23, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. DavidCL23 macrumors 6502

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    I just got a new core duo2 macbook pro :)

    I have on order a Hitachi 7k100 100gb drive. I plan on installing boot camp + windows on the machine.

    Is there a specific order I should follow of installing OS's?
    ie, XP first or OSX first?

    Also do I need to format the partitions seperatly? Can osx load on an ntfs so I just make one large ntfs partition? If not, can I eventually change the sizes of the two partitions down the road?

    TIA!
    -David
     
  2. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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  3. DavidCL23 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks buddy :) I will only do 20gb then for windows enough for a few game installs.
     
  4. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    Just keep in mind that Windows likes 15% free space, or else its defragmenter won't work. If you want my advice, it would be to do 25GB for Windows.
     
  5. Agurri macrumors 6502

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    Yea, if you can have more than 20gb ... it would be nice. I have 20 gb, and a couple of games installed ... and i only have 1gb left .... And also think you won't be able to make your partition bigger if you ever miss some space in the partition...
     
  6. DavidCL23 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Maybe I should make the windows partition (if possible) fat32 so apple can read it? This way I can store all my mp3 on the windows partition and if windows ever needs more space I can just move the mp3s back to the mac partition. I would then make a 60gb apple/40gb windows partition
     
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    I'd stick with NTFS for Windows. FAT32 has file size limitations and some other issues.

    But that's just my opinion.
     
  8. Agurri macrumors 6502

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    My 20gb windows on my macbook is FAT32 and I have never seen a problem with large files. (~1 GB). But i love the fact Mac Os can read fat32...
     
  9. DavidCL23 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sweet, so 60gb/40gb (windows + mp3's + games + misc)
     
  10. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    With only a few games on it why would you want to defragement?
     
  11. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    With that much for the dark side do you really need a Mac? :D
     
  12. DavidCL23 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    heheh, cute :)

    Mostly music.
     
  13. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    If you deal with any movies or other video files, you may start to run into problems. I think that Fat32 doesn't like files larger than 2GB or 4GB?
     
  14. e12a macrumors 68000

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    I have 15GB Windows partition with Company of Heroes installed. 5gb free
     
  15. DavidCL23 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Good new guys! the hitachi 7k100 drive install went smooth thanks to the diagrams at ifixit.com

    I decided to hold off for two weeks on the windows install as vista should be released by then. Then again I know windows xp runs well, shoud I skip vista?
     

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