How much space does OSX Lion take up??

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by karant-rex, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2011
    Ok I am gonna get a new MBP and was computing if a 128gb SSD would be enough for my requirements. I wanted to know how much space would virgin OSX Lion take up on a brand new MBP?? Also how large is the recovery partition??
    Also I am gonna bootcamp win 7 for a few games so how would you divide the space between osx and win7 partitions?? I will have around 15gigs of games at a time on the ssd.
  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2011
  3. macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2011
  4. macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Upstate NY
    On my iMac, the recovery partition is 650 MB. I did a "normal" install there. On my MBP, I did a clean install, and I think bare Lion was about 4 GB, but I don't remember for sure. With iLife, iWork, MSOffice, Lightroom, Photoshop and Xcode, I was quickly up to 20 GB.
  5. macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2011
    I upgraded from Snow Leopard on my MBA. Before, I had about 28.9GB of free space left on my 64GB HD. I have almost exactly the same, now that lion is installed.

  6. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2008
    Probably you can delete printer drivers and other languages to free a few GBs.

    Things that use more HD space are:

    Videos you should put inside an external HD. Check how much songs and photos you have (and estimate will have in the future) to see if the 128GB is enough.

    Special mention to Adobe apps. If you install Adobe CS suite, expect dozens of GB occupied.
  7. macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2011
    I did a fresh install of Lion on a MBA (late 2010) and it took up 10.06 GB.
  8. macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2011
    Glendale, AZ USA
    I tried to install a fresh copy of Lion to a 8gb flash drive and was told I didn't have enough space. So, I'd hedge to 10.6gb number would be accurate.

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