Bootcamp (Best allocation between MacOS and Windows)

kindaichi81

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What is the minimum storage size needed to reserve for macOS for normal usage?

I need to decide the allocation between MacOS and Windows.

I have 512Gb ssd.

Is 50gb enough for MacOS?
 

aevan

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What is the minimum storage size needed to reserve for macOS for normal usage?

I need to decide the allocation between MacOS and Windows.

I have 512Gb ssd.

Is 50gb enough for MacOS?
Oh, boy, if you are going to use 50Gb for macOS and 450Gb for Windows, I'd say you bought a wrong computer.

Anyway, 50Gb is enough for running macOS, yes, but since you won't be able to write any data on Windows NTFS partition from macOS you'll run out of space really quickly. Put any larger app, document or photos - and you'll run out really fast. So, in any practical way, 50Gb is not enough. Consider 100Gb for macOS as a minimum if you're planning to make Windows your main OS and spend most of the time there.

For everyone else, a 400Gb for macOS and 100Gb for Bootcamp is a good split.
 

kindaichi81

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Oh, boy, if you are going to use 50Gb for macOS and 450Gb for Windows, I'd say you bought a wrong computer.

Anyway, 50Gb is enough for running macOS, yes, but since you won't be able to write any data on Windows NTFS partition from macOS you'll run out of space really quickly. Put any larger app, document or photos - and you'll run out really fast. So, in any practical way, 50Gb is not enough. Consider 100Gb for macOS as a minimum if you're planning to make Windows your main OS and spend most of the time there.

For everyone else, a 400Gb for macOS and 100Gb for Bootcamp is a good split.
Thanks for your reply.

I am using my macbook for office work as well due to the fact the office laptop is not up to my standard. And office is in Windows environment so I have no choice but to allocate more space to Windows.

Yup, think I increase the space to 80 gb/100gb for my MacOS while leaving the rest to Windows.
 

Patcell

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Just purely out of curiosity... no insult intended in any way. Why did you purchase a MacBook Pro if you don't intend to make use of macOS? The build quality of the Macs are fantastic, but if you intend to spend the majority of your time in Windows, why not look at a nice Windows laptop as a supplement to your work machine?

I agree with the previous poster regarding leaving at least 100GB for the macOS partition. I you intent to make any use of it at all.
 

kindaichi81

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Just purely out of curiosity... no insult intended in any way. Why did you purchase a MacBook Pro if you don't intend to make use of macOS? The build quality of the Macs are fantastic, but if you intend to spend the majority of your time in Windows, why not look at a nice Windows laptop as a supplement to your work machine?

I agree with the previous poster regarding leaving at least 100GB for the macOS partition. I you intent to make any use of it at all.
I only fancy Apple products even I am going to use it for Windows mainly. The reason is simply, Apple makes good and reliable hardware. Reason of getting macbook is also because it can run both macOS and windows. This is also a strong advantage for macbook over any other lousier windows based laptops.

I still use macOS on my macbook, just due to work, I will be on Windows mostly.
 
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Tesla1856

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I upgraded my MacMini to a Kingston 240gb SSD (back when it was new). I put the removed Apple-Hitachi 500gb spinning HDD in a USB-3 enclosure. I use it for Archive storage and TimeMachine backups.

When I went to install BootCamp-ed Windows-10, I found that after all these years, MacMini is only using 44gb of its 240gb (this is with Office 2016, iWork, and XCode Suites).

A 120gb/120gb split was my first thought, since a fully loaded Windows partition could need it.
However, I decided on Mac 160 / 80 Windows. I didn't want to run-out on Mac side. Windows-10, Office, and major Windows apps should fit in 40-50gb. With a swap-file and whatever, 80gb for Windows should be fine.
 

throAU

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Don't boot camp, just use a VM and give it plenty of resources.

That way, you can maintain snapshots for Windows so that if it breaks, an update screws it up, etc. - you can roll back to a snapshot.

That way you can also shrink/expand/share the disk space with macOS as required.

Performance impact for business stuff is minimal.
 

kindaichi81

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Don't boot camp, just use a VM and give it plenty of resources.

That way, you can maintain snapshots for Windows so that if it breaks, an update screws it up, etc. - you can roll back to a snapshot.

That way you can also shrink/expand/share the disk space with macOS as required.

Performance impact for business stuff is minimal.
duh like it VM. Prefer to work natively in Windows.

The user experience is still different.
 

Chocomonsters

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Have you thought about just using external SSD drive for Windows 10, if you don't need portability? If you only use at office, install bootable Windows 10 on USB 3.1 gen2 external drive. It allows 10 Gbps connection. Keep VM on your OS X as back up for light duty.



What is the minimum storage size needed to reserve for macOS for normal usage?

I need to decide the allocation between MacOS and Windows.

I have 512Gb ssd.

Is 50gb enough for MacOS?
 
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kindaichi81

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Have you thought about just using external SSD drive for Windows 10, if you don't need portability? If you only use at office, install bootable Windows 10 on USB 3.1 gen2 external drive. It allows 10 Gbps connection. Keep VM on your OS X as back up for light duty.
never think about it. no point to use external ssd drive for OS on macbook while the 2017 macbook pro has superb SSD.

OS should be native on the machine itself, there is no point to use any peripheral for such hassle.

even if install windows on bootcamp for macbook, one can still boot as VM in mac. it is easier to recover files from a native OS than on a VM in the case of failure etc.
 
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