How much memory should I give Windows?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by darkmoon12198, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. darkmoon12198 macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2010
    I have a 140GB HD on my Aluminum MacBook (not a Pro). I am probably going to be playing games on it, a lot. Most files will be from 1-5GB. How much should I give it? I am not using my Mac partition for anything but school work. Should I just give it 40-45GB?
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Well how much space are you going to be using in Windows? What OS are you installing? Where did you get a 140GB harddrive?
  3. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    I think snow leopard and iLife take about 30 GB if I remember correctly. So you would probably want about 50 GB for it to run smoothly, and add more if you want to put pictures and music on the mac partition. Then give about 80-100 GB for windows. I would also make a third FAT32 partition, about 20 GB, for saving your school files and allowing access for both windows and mac.

  4. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
  5. GidbinN macrumors member


    Dec 25, 2009

    And I'd say the bigger the better, I mean even if Windows takes more than half of your hard drive, it will be only 70GB, thats not enough for games and other media.

    You either only use Mac OS as an additional OS, so it takes less than 40GB, and Windows uses 100GB or 120GB, it might be a little bit tight in some case, (before burning DVDs, or storage for downloaded stuff).

    320GB+ hard drive
    Give up Mac OS

    or not, good luck :)
  6. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
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    Agreed. A 320 or 500 GB drive is cheap and easy to install in the Aluminum MacBook.

    My rule of thumb is 20-25% of the total drove size for Windows if that doesn't leave you enough for os x or Windows: Get a bigger drive.


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