Partation Recommendation Needed -- Mac OS X & Windows Dual Boot

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tolive, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. tolive macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2007
    I plan to put a 160GB HD in my MacBook Pro C2D and install both Mac OS X & Windows.
    I plan to use both Boot Camp and Parallels Desktop (maybe the beta version for now to support boot into the Boot Camp partition), that means, I plan to use Boot Camp to install Windows first, then install Parallels Desktop and configure it to boot from the Boot Camp partition Windows. I'd like to have a shared partition for exchanging files between Mac OS X and Windows.

    As a newbie to Mac world, I'd like to get your suggestions/recommendations on how to partition the HD, size and reason if possible, also, is it necessary to have a stand alone swap file/page file partition?
  2. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    It all depends on what you'll be doing with Windows. I probably wouldn't create a partition any smaller than 10GB.

    On the Mac side, I would say just have one HFS+ partition, I wouldn't create a separate one for swap/scratch files.
  3. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    I have 15 gb for Windows XP Pro, and 2 modern games at the most (Company of Heroes and Counter Strike Source). 545 Mb free.
  4. cblackburn macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2005
    London, UK
    Depends what version of windows you want to run. I managed to shoehorn Windows XP into 5GB with Visual Studio .NET 2003. Windows Vista howevr will no doubt be more hungry.

  5. tolive thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2007
    Thanks guys!
    I would say, I won't install/play games on my MBP, I use XBOX360. Also, I do graphic works in PhotoShop frequently, rarely do A/V editing. For Windows, I plan to install Windows XP SP2 for now to avoid driver issues, plus, I need to install FULL Set of Microsoft Development softwares including Office, all .NET SDKs, Visio, Project, SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005.
    Because I work on full Microsoft technologies, basically, I'll use Mac OS X for home/personal use, use Windows for work at home or development works.
    From the initial Mac OS X installation, I see it occupies about 20 GB, so I'm wondering, is 80GB enough for Mac partition? or is it a better idea to split the 80GB into two 40GB partitions, one for Mac OS, one for user data?

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