Bootcamp partition size

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  1. ciberkarlos macrumors member

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    Hi everyone, i'm a PhD student and i want to install Windows via bootcamp on my MBP 2010 Crucial M4 256gb SSD. I need it just to run a few lab´s programs, so i won't install heavy programs or games. As my SSD is not as big as i wanted it to be, i want to know the smallest bootcamp partition size i could create without losing performance. For example, 20-30gb will be enough?

    Thank you very much, and sorry for my english.
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    It depends on how large the applications are that you plan to install.

    I would normally say about 10GB for Windows only, but that was in thr XP days. I'm not sure of the size now though.
     
  3. ciberkarlos thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your response. The applications are very small, just to show some data from the instrumental i connect to the mac. I want to install Windows 7 and upgrade to Windows 8 when it is released. How much space will i need taking into account that my applications are very small (less than 2gb all of them)??
     
  4. Kashchei macrumors 65816

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    FWIW, I went with the bootcamp recommendation of a 10Gb partition and installed the Windows 8 preview. When i tried to install the preview release of Office '13, I was told there was not enough space on the drive to download the file.
     
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    You're absolutely right; I apologize for my error and hope I didn't mislead anyone. BootCamp did indeed recommend a 20GB partition, which isn't big enough for the Windows 8 and Office 13 previews.
     
  7. kyjaotkb macrumors 6502a

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    I installed windows 7 pro on my 256GB '11 MBA yesterday (to play HD DVDs with TotalMedia Theater 5 and play some light games). Went for a 35GB bootcamp partition, after installing Windows and about 120 Windows Updates (...) and performing a disk cleanup via Explorer/right click on C drive I had 10.8 GB left. So you'd be better off with a 40/50GB partition imho, for your programs and documents + the inevitable hibernation & paging files and a few system restore points.

    Makes me wonder how much one will be able to cram in a storage-constrained x86 Windows tablet... But that's another story.
     
  8. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    I've just installed Windows 7 professional 64-bit on Bootcamp, then Chrome and MSE. Used space is 12Gb. Not done any tidying up, you could perhaps remove a teeny bit, but not much.
     
  9. ciberkarlos thread starter macrumors member

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    Since i don't want to install Office '13 or any kind of those "heavy" suites like Adobe CS6, i'll probably go with 20-25gb as some of you recommend. Thanks!
     
  10. RightMACatU macrumors 65816

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    I'll be aiming for a 30GB partition (w/ room for Windows 8 upgrade) and use a 32GB USB flash drive to store videos, music, etc.
     
  11. ciberkarlos thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your advice, i'll consider it.
     
  12. oxfordguy macrumors 6502a

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    Depends what you want to use it for, and whether, for example, you want to have multiple "big" applications, games in particular, installed at once. I set my bootcamp partition to 65Gb (I have a 256Gb SSD). I do have iPartition though (which is great), so can adjust this reasonably easily, if necessary.
     
  13. Mavericks macrumors member

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    Wow! How did you manage to only use 12GB? Please teach me how, please!!!
     
  14. Phil Lee macrumors 6502

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    My 50GB (46.5GB in Windows) BOOTCAMP partition has 19.4GB of free space. I installed 64-bit Windows 8 with all updates, most of Office 2007 Enterprise (584MB) and iRacing (4.65GB). I also disabled Hibernate to save 8GB of disk space. I have no other software installed at the moment.
     
  15. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    Nothing at all special, just shoved the disk in and let it do its thing...
     

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