Bootcamp Partition Sizing

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Chaelmc, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Chaelmc macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2011
    Hi Everyone,

    Just recently purchased a new 15" MPB and I want to run Windoes 7 (pro) with Bootcamp as there a few programs I use that are windows only, I will probably use these through Parallels but Since there are also some games I would like to play I thought I might as well install on Bootcamp also.

    I just wanted to know what you all would reccomend in the way of partition size for windows 7 pro, a few programs and maybe say... 5 games max.

    Have a 512gb SSD and was thinking maybe 40gb partition? Do you think this would be enough? I want a little bit of space just in case, but I want as much space for osx as possible.

  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I'd go probably 50GB. I don't have much on my bootcamp partition (a few old and small games, and office and it's at 33GB used, so I think you would probably need more than me.
  3. JamDonut macrumors member

    May 23, 2011
    England, UK
    i went with a 50gb partition and run about 5-6 games like star wars KOTOR, age of empires 3 and a few others, but thats all i use bootcamp for so i'd say that will probs be enough for you too :)
  4. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    i'm sure that you are aware but i figured i'd mention not forget to account for the amount of space that the os itself takes up. also, some games vary in size by a large amount so it depends on what specific games that you want to run in order to determine a more accurate partition. i am not sure what is a comfortable amount of space for you in terms of your mac os partition but if you are comfortable with 400+gb then i would go around 70-80gb for the windows partition.

    if you have specific games that you want to install though that aren't very large, then of course around a 50gb partition as others have suggested would suffice. good luck to you with your decision.
  5. JamDonut macrumors member

    May 23, 2011
    England, UK
    Very good point my mistake for forgetting something so obvious :) OP, not to be patronising, but if you check the game boxes of any games you want to install, it will tell you the required HD capacity for the game, add that up and allow a few GB for the OS, and i wouldnt leave anything less than 10GB more after that for save files and maybe a program or two and maybe even a game at a later date.. don't just take a wild shot in the dark with it

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