How much partition allocation for Windows 10 Bootcamp

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  1. maths525 macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2015
    Hi all,
    I will be partitioning my hard drive using bootcamp and installing Windows 10 Education edition.

    My question is: Roughly how much memory will the Windows system need itself and therefore how much should I allocate to this partition to be safe?

    I will only be using this partition to download Visual Studio 2012 (3GB) and using it for C++ only. The .cpp files are extremely small and I therefore believe I won't go over 5GB of memory for such files. I will not be using this partition for anything else such as pictures, movies, music or games. It is solely for the use as above. As you can imagine, I'd like to keep as much space as possible for the apple OS. My restriction is that I'm using a 128GB hard rive with 8GB RAM so its kind of tight.

    Many thanks in advance.
  2. maths525 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2015
  3. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    Entirely depends on the usage. I usually give mine 64GB, but I'm running a few games on there and am usually around 8GB free. In the past I would just give it 32GB and be just fine for the core OS and a few applications.

    Based on what you said 32GB would probably work. That way you keep as much as you can for OS X. Windows updates and old cache files can get quite large over time, that and the hibernation file or page file, so you might want to look into removing those and making a smaller paging file to save some space and using something like CCleaner every once in a while.

    Do note that it is NOT easy to change it once it's set and installed, so if you think you will need more in the future allocate it now so you won't have to remove it and repartition and reinstall later.
  4. maths525 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2015
    Many thanks for your reply BrettApple.
    I think Ill go with 40GB to be on the safe side. And Ill just keep a look out to make sure its not getting too full with the things you mentioned.

    Thanks again

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