Bootcamp'ing W7 for gaming - partition size?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MoLiva, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. MoLiva macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
    So I just replaced my old antique with a new 2010 15" Core I7 MBP with 8gb of ram and I'm in the process of swapping the internal drive with a 250g SSD. (Using externals for media storage)

    Once that's finished I'll be using Bootcamp to install Win7 for gaming purposes only. Of the 250g drive, how much should I partition off for Windows? I was thinking of 100g, but that might be far more than I need to and I'd hate to waste the storage capacity on Windows which I'll never be using for anything other than a few games. My sense of proportion is non-existant so I'm at a total loss.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
  2. Kaviar macrumors member


    Aug 8, 2010
    If your on a SSD you'll need to kill of the Pagefile and Hibernation files... Once you've done that Windows has a very small foot print. I think it will be around 8-10GB or so.
    It's been a while since I installed a fresh copy as I use and image with key thing pre-installed so can't say for sure.

    To be safe and to cover any system restore points (you can kill them off as well) Give it 15GB or so + What ever you need for your games.

    If you give us a list of games you want to install I'll have a look for there install sizes.
  3. Grannyville7989 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2010
    I've given Windows 7 100GB of my 250GB on my MacBook Pro.

    When looking in My Computer, I have used 30GB of that space. That consists of;
    all of the Windows patches,
    Office 2010 (Word, Excel & PowerPoint),
    and Windows Live Essentials.

    I have no music or photos kept on my laptop. I have 353MB of documents for university and 1GB taken up by Windows 98 in a virtual hard disk, as well as, having a 4GB hibernation file and 5GB dedicated for system restore points.

    I hope this helps giving you a better understanding on what kind of partition size you want. :)
  4. MoLiva thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
    Thanks, that is quite helpful.

    To answer the questions:

    No applications will be loaded on windows besides games and an anti-virus. I use OSX for everything else and any games that do work for Mac will be installed in OSX as well.

    Games I will be installing in Windows:
    Oblivion Game of the Year Edition
    Fallout New Vegas (when it releases)
    Dawn of War 2
    Heroes of Might and Magic V
    Star Wars: The Old Republic (when it releases)
    There may be others down the road, but these are the only ones for the time being.
  5. Grannyville7989 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2010
    Man, I hope Fallout: New Vegas will be good on PC. I've have been bitten by some pretty nasty bugs on Fallout 3 to the point where I lost a load of progress due to a bug that was triggered after I saved so I couldn't get past a certain point during a quest. :mad:

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