partition size?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by zeppelin68, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. zeppelin68 macrumors regular

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    I'm getting a macbook pro but don't know what i should use as the partition size for boot camp. Basically all i'm using XP for is PC games.
     
  2. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    Well, games are going to take up the most space and are the most important consideration when setting your partition. I don't play games, and 12GB is more than enough for XP, Office, Visual Studio, and a few other apps.

    With games, however, it's going to be quite a bit more. When I used to play games on my PC, they usually took anywhere from 25-50GB of space. You need to have a rough idea of how big the installs are for the games you're wanting to play.
     
  3. JNB macrumors 604

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    REAL ballpark, 4GB for XP, plus all the games, plus 10% rounded up for swap. So, if you have games that add up to 10GB, then 4 + 10 = 14, plus 1.4 (rounded up to 2) equals 16GB. Honestly, that still may be shy.

    I'm melding my Dell from work and my iMac from home into a single MacBook in the next 30-90 days. The Dell's currently got 19.2GB used for XP SP2, MS Office, and work-related apps & utilities used up, so I'll give the MacBook probably 30GB, leaving 90GB for the HFS partition (using ~40GB now). This is, of course, predicated on the assumption I stick with the base 120GB HDD.

    The main problem is that you CANNOT resize partions on the fly with a mixed HFS/FAT32/NTFS environment. I think you'd rather have the Windows partition a bit on the large size than the other way around.

    Either move to a much bigger drive, or plan on uninstalling games periodically. Some of them can get huge (MS FSX, Far Cry, etc).

    Bon chance!
     

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