How much space do you allot for BootCamp/VMWare/or Parallels?

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    How much space do you allot on your hard drive for BootCamp/VMWare/or Parallels? Is 15gb too little?
     
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    janey

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    isn't that up to you to decide? my partition or space used is usually about a third to a half of the current drive size for bootcamp, and about 10gb for vmware/parallels.
     
  3. macrumors 68000

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    I'd like to know this too.

    Just looking for opinions.
     
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    I've found 30 gig to be a sweet spot for me. With VS2005, the MSDN Library, Office and other programming tools, I use up about half of it.

    I like having the other 14-15 gig for projects and trial software. It feels like it's just enough to not worry about running out of disk space.
     
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    If I was to install BootCamp or Parallels, I'd give it 30GB of space, that's enough for a couple large games and files.
     
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    I gave my bootcamp partition like 60 gigs, and I ran out of room. I play a lot of games, and I don't like to uninstall, as I sometimes get wierd cravings to play games I finished months ago. I started installing games on my external, which works great. That is always an option if you decide on too little room.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    How much space do you allot for BootCamp/VMWare/or Parallels?

    New to the Mac world - brand new MBP w. 160 gb 7200 rpm drive. I have not purchased nor installed any new progs on the Mac side. I do plan to install BootCamp/ Win XP (as oppposed to Parallels/Win - since graphics are not well handled in a virtual environment apparently!). Say, barr08, what games do you play: I am hanging around here to check about feasability to play MS Flight Sim X (my only favored "game" on the BC/Win side of the Mac. Do you know about this?

    - Roger T
     
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    Would a game like MS Flight Sim require a MBP-like graphics card? Or would the Macbook handle this game?
     
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    I try and play every new game that gets good reviews, but I only religiously play CS:S. So far, my relatively old iMac has stood the test of time, and still plays any new games at full, or near-full graphics.

    That being said, FSX is a very very graphically intensive game. After checking out the specs, I can safely say that a new MBP with 2-3 gigs of ram would play the game with decent results. You would not even get off the ground on a macbook, unfortunately. A new MBP, iMac or mac pro is your only bet for this game. You can feel good about a MBP with this game, in my opinion.

    Make sure you give enough free space to bootcamp, though, as the game itself takes like 15 gigs of space.
     
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    How much space do you allot for BootCamp/VMWare/or Parallels?

    Thanks for the prompt reply and advice, barr08. I actually played FSX on my new Dell 9400/2.16ghz/1gb mem quite successfully an smoothly, despite claims that 2gb is a minimum for FSX. So, barring some other factors regarding Win implementation on the MBP via BootCamp (Wn is supposed to run quite "natively" in this mode, right?), my MBP with a better processor, faster HD, more mem should do OK. So.... Do you know about what MIGHT be an obstacle to successful playing of FSX on a full power MBP? Graphics? Drivers? I'd be curious to know, before I run out and buy a full copy of Win XP or Vista (I understand that Vista has a larger footprint than XP). Tanks for the info again!

    - Roger T
     
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    Interesting. Thanks.

    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
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    barr08

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    Since I have no experience with the game, I was just speculating about the performance based on the system reqs and the specs of the mbp. However, because you have success running it on a system that is less powerful in many ways than the mbp, I do not see anything that would stand in your way. Remember, running xp or vista through bootcamp is no different than running these operating systems on a pc box.

    I have a feeling you will be very satisfied and impressed with the performance of your new computer in both os x and xp/vista.
     
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    How much space do you allot for BootCamp/VMWare/or Parallels?

    Thanks all. I feel better about my MBP purchase when I get on this forum indeed. i had actually ordered 2 laptops - the MBP and a HP dv9500t loaded with everything. Wanted to remain compatible with Win stuff, while willing to experiment with the Mac's vaunted audio/video capabilities. I have masses of photos and old videos (starting from the Betamax days!) which I need to put together and preserve. Seems that iLife and other such environments would do the job.
    I decided to keep the Mac and return the HP. We'll see, especially once I have installed BootCamp and Windows!
    - Roger T
     
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    I alot an even 32GB of space for it. Format in NTFS, and im Good to go.

    This is deffinatly enough space for Windows, Office, a few misc programs, and games with a little room left over, just in case.
     

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