Bootcamp'ing W7 for gaming - partition size?

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  1. MoLiva macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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,
    iTunes,
    Office 2010 (Word, Excel & PowerPoint),
    Safari,
    Skype
    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

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    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

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    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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