Bootcamp partition size on 320gb hdd?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Colin20, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Colin20 macrumors regular

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    I'll be ordering a 2.66 MBP soon with a 320gb hdd. I plan to play some steam games (Valve Pack) and I'm wondering what would be a good partition size for Bootcamp. I only plan to use it for games and the odd windows program.
     
  2. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    for reference, I have a 250GB hard drive, and I am using a 60GB boot camp partition. I have the Orange Box (Half Life 2 and associated games by Valve) and the EA Sports 07 Collection, and I still have at least half the partition still empty. 60 is plenty if you're only putting a set number of games on (I only plan on adding a few more, for example)

    hope this helps
     
  3. Colin20 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Here is the Valve Pack I'm planning on getting. I might add COD4 down the line or another game/program. I guess I could always un-install any games I'm not using and re-install them later with Steam. Would 40gb be too little? I'd like to preserve as much as possible for OS X.
     
  4. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    40gb is going to cut it close, but here's the breakdown:

    the Orange Box takes up 17.75GB, and it includes:
    Half Life 2
    Half Life 2 Episode One
    Half Life 2 Episode Two
    Half Life 2 Lost Coast
    Team Fortress 2
    Portal


    the remaining games on the Valve Complete Pack, or most of them at least, are the set of games from the original Half Life. Because these games are older, with less-complex worlds, they won't take up as much space as compared to the Half Life 2-era games. If 40 doesn't work, I don't see you needing any more than 50gb. COD4 may take a few gigs, however.

    These are estimates, so I hope I'm not too far off:rolleyes:

    EDIT: enjoy! these games are great
     
  5. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816

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    If you're just installing games, I would think 80GB would be plenty of room.... and that leaves 240GB (roughly) for your Mac stuff.
     
  6. Consultant macrumors G5

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    40gb is too little. Many games require 5gb or more for install.

    Depends on if you play on servers with custom maps.
    My tf2 has 5gb of custom map content.

    Low available space = extremely slow windows.
     
  7. Colin20 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think I might partition 60gb of the 320gb (I've heard it comes with 300gb free) that would leave 240 for mac. Thanks for the suggestions guys.
     

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