Bootcamp

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  1. B.LI macrumors regular

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    Can somebody link me to a site with a step by step instruction on how to set up the windows bootcamp for mac please? I want install it to enable me to play some games.

    also... some questions,

    1. can I turn on/off the bootcamp whenever I start/end gaming?

    2. and does it require a large amount of space? i.e., slowing down my macs overall performance? or.... risky ?:S

    Thank you,
     
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  4. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816

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    No worries, also.. to answer your other questions.

    1. Shutdown XP as usual, then reboot into OS X (hold ⌘ I believe, guide will tell you for sure.)

    2.You create the size, so figure in your OS (win xp 6-8GB Win7 I'd go 10) plus and space for games.
     
  5. derickdub macrumors 6502

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    My Win7 Ultimate takes up 25gb after a clean install
     
  6. zeemeerman2 macrumors 6502

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    ALT/Option key to switch your OS. Press it when you hear the startup chime (or just hold it when you turn it on, works the same).
     
  7. B.LI thread starter macrumors regular

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    Really appreciated the feedbacks, they were really helpful indeed! TY


    but I am not quite sure how much partition is appropriate... :(

    currently using: MBP 15" 2011, 2GHz, 8GB RAM 1333 and 500GB HD

    I will only be using windows for gaming (i.e. Crysis 2)
     
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    Thanks for clarifying, I've been an XP user for too long :)
     
  10. derickdub macrumors 6502

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    You can't change the partition size after going through the bootcamp setup, so I suggest you decide first. Mine is 49GB, about 25GB is used by Windows and another 11GB by software.

    You're not missing anything. :D
     
  11. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on how many games and other software you want installed at once.

    I typically choose 100 GB that way I have a lot of extra breathing room in addition to a few games, Visual Studio, Microsoft Office, etc. And I am on a measly 250 GB HDD. ;)


    If you only want 1 game + win 7 then 50 GB would be more than enough.
     
  12. B.LI thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you!

    But, how much partition would you recommend if Im going to store all my games in a external hard drive and connect it to my MBP when I play
     
  13. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    i have 50GB for my bootcamp partition for Windows 7 and a few games i still have 27GB free on it but better have enoght just in case if your skimping for a few GB's maybe 500GB overall is not a big enough Harddrive for your needs
     
  14. iMacDragon macrumors 65816

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    Make sure to get a firewire 800 external drive, if you're going to do that.

    also use the unibrain firewire drivers in windows, the inbuilt ones are hopeless.

    usb is just too slow.

    50gb would probably be a sensible size for internal partition if intend to exclusively do that, just to give enough breathing room.
     

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