keeping it simple - steps to adding windows to a mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Technodynamic, Dec 13, 2012.

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    Technodynamic

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    I'm reading many threads on specific tasks and technical Q&A, but I'd like some basic questions answered please by those that have done this.

    I have about 125 GB free on my rMBP. I intend to install Windows 8 Enterprise on my SSD.

    1) how much space should I use to partition? My initial research says I can get away with about 50GB. Full install, Office 2013, Photoshop, swap file space, ~5GB for dropbox and perhaps 12GB for 1 (large) game.

    2) can I change the size of the partition easily later?

    3) I want to use VMFusion. In what order do I do this?? (install VMFusion first? install win 8 under bootcamp first? set partition first? etc).

    thanks.
     
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    charlieegan3

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    Running via VMware is totally different from Boot Camp, you need to make that decision first.
     
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    Technodynamic

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    I do want vmware for the flexability. I have 16GB RAM, so hardware isnt an issue.
     
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    charlieegan3

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    But do you want to use windows in mac OSX or windows in bootcamp? (or both?)
     
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    Technodynamic

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    That's my question. Not sure where to start.... I have 256GB SSD with Mountain Lion. 125GB free... what's the next step?
     
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    charlieegan3

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    The next step is making that decision:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1230472
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2389886?start=0&tstart=0
    http://chris.pirillo.com/boot-camp-vs-vmware-or-parallels/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR0eb4JJR_A
    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=493389

    Basically:
    power (even on a rMBP) = BC
    ease = virtualization
     

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