128GB SSD Enough for Dual Booting?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Dunbar, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Dunbar macrumors 6502a

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    Is the 128GB enough to dual boot between Lion and Windows 7? If I get a MBA it will be my first Mac so I want to have the option of running Windows (not sure if I will once I try Lion.) Right now I'm using a Thinkpad running XP with a 60GB hard drive and it's pretty much full.
     
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

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    From my experience with Snow Leopard, it depends on how much space you need for data. I have a relatively small iTunes and photo collection (about 20GB) , and was able to get Snow Leopard, Office 2011, along with room for a 50GB Boot Camp partition with Windows 7 Pro (including Windows XP Mode), and still had about 15GB left on my Mac partition and 12 GB on my Windows partition. XP Mode takes up a lot of room so if you don't need that, you'll save about 10GB. It only works in Boot Camp anyway (it won't work if you are using Parallels or Fusion).
     
  3. PaulWog Suspended

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    I don't have the new Macbook Air here, so I don't know what the 128GB formats to. But what you'll be looking at is about 109-115GB of usable data after formatting the drive.

    So 109-115 divided by 2 (let's take worst case scenario):

    109/2 = 54.5GB per OS (if 50/50 divided)

    Windows 7 takes up 10-15GB
    OS X Lion I don't know about

    So ya... it should be enough. You can allocate the partitions however you like (whether it be half and half of your hard drive, or 75/25, or however you like it).

    Of course really in the end this comes down to you: Is it enough for you? It's enough for technically getting away with doing this... but it might not be enough for your programs/needs.
     
  4. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

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    yup, I have never used more than 100GB of memory on my MBP

    Most of the memory is taken up by my itunes.
     

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