Does Bootcamp set a 32 GB partition limit?

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  1. Luis Ortega macrumors 6502a

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    I've been reading the Bootcamp manual and it's confusing where it says that you can only create a 5 to 32 GB partition for installing Windows.
    Is that the case, or can the partition for Windows be whatever size you want?
    How does one go about being able to set up a larger NTFS volume?
    I need more room than 32GB to install Windows and the software that I plan to add to it, plus, you need some free drive space so Windows has some room to work well.
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    5-32GB is only for FAT32, you can have a larger partition for NTFS.
     
  3. Luis Ortega thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, but how can you create a larger than 32GB partition with Bootcamp if it doesn't let you format in NTFS but only FAT32?
    That part of the manual is not very clear to me.
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    It does...ish. When you make a > partition and put in your Windows disk, it will tell you that the partition needs formatted and does so as NTFS.
     
  5. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    As Leopard has Bootcamp built in, I just made a 40GB disk partition as FAT32 for Vista and installed it on that.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The XP installer and formatting tools will allow FAT32 partitions up to 32 GB. Vista will only use NTFS.

    The Boot Camp Assistant has nothing to do with this limitation.
     
  7. McGiord, Feb 23, 2008
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    You can also use Disk Utility to create any parttion size you want.
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  8. Luis Ortega thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, everyone. The installation went fine without any problems.
     
  9. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Thats the easy bit,its having to maintain it so it works as a fully operational
    OS thats a pain in the ass,dont ya just love windows
     

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