How much space have you allocated to Boot Camp Windows?

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  1. Razeus macrumors 601

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    On my uMacbook Pro, I've given it 50GB out of my 500GB drive. I figure that's all I need for Windows 7, Office 2007, a few apps and a couple of games.
     
  2. bli625 macrumors 6502a

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    I've given 60GB for my 320GB HD.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    That should be more than enough for what you are doing

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  4. poppero macrumors member

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    does this question makes a sense? :confused:
    of course people use tools considering their needs.
     
  5. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    50GB for Windows 7? That doesn't seem like enough to me. I had mine set to 80GB and was running out of space with Win 7, Office 07, and a few games. I now have my boot camp set to 150GB and my OS X set to the remaining 350GB.
     
  6. Razeus thread starter macrumors 601

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    Not sure what you're talking about. My Windows 7 and Office 2007 takes up only ~17GB of space. I have a few apps (Firefox, Quicktime, Dropbox and Adobe Flash/Shockwave/Reader) and still have over 32GB left. I allocated 10GB of space in my 50GB for overhead that won't be used. I only plan on installing 1-2 games which should take up no more than 16GB.
     
  7. umiwangu macrumors 6502

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    Ha. Got all of you beat. I had 7 on a 12 GB partition with Excel, Word, Dreamweaver, IIS, and PS installed. Of course, I had to disable Sleep and also regularly got Low Disk Space warnings. It ran like crap, but it would still run. Thank God for user-replaceable hard drives. Now have allocated 200 GBs to the Windows partition.
     
  8. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    When I do games, I don't like carrying the DVD's so I need an ISO of the game (8GB) plus the install of each game (10GB each). So each game takes roughly 20GB of space. Two games + 16GB for Win 7 and Office 07 and I hope you can do math and realize that adds up to 56GB of space. But if you don't mind carrying the discs (or if its a desktop) and you want no room to expand in the future, sure lock into 50GB. Thats what I am talking about, ok?
     
  9. Zerozal macrumors 6502

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    I currently have a 250GB partition (on my 640GB drive) dedicated to Win7. It's certainly more than I need for Windows, but I plan on installing a bunch of games, and I like to have some breathing room.. :)
     
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    I had 60 (of a 320), but found I didn't need to dedicate all that permanently (plus I hadn't booted into Windows in months), so I converted it to a VM. No it's a little under 41 for the VM, and a hell of a lot faster. Plus, I don't have to authenticate every time I launch the VM anymore.
     
  12. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I have 60 of 500 set aside for it. I'm running Windows Vista Ultimate, I only use it for web dev and showing off the graphics power of my Macbook.
     
  13. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    If your goal is to have the smallest partition that works, here is what I would do.

    1. Create a 100GB partition.

    2. Install Windows 7 and any updates.

    3. Install Office 2007 and any updates.

    4. Continue with all other applications that you want.

    5. When done and you have everything set up like you want, then use WinClone to make a back up.

    6. Determine the minimum partition space that you need. I would calculate based upon what you used and then add 20-25%

    7. Delete the partition.

    8. Boot from the Mac OS install DVD and use Disk Utilities to check and repair the HD. (You could also boot from a clone and do the same.)

    9. Recreate the BootCamp partition.

    10. Use WinClone to restore your Windows 7 install on the BootCamp partition.

    The benefit of doing this is that you will have the minimum size BootCamp partition for your particular needs. It will eliminate the guess work. You will also have a back up should something happen to your BootCamp partition that you can restore from.

    YMMV.
     
  14. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    That is certainly possible, but a bit of a hassle yes? I work in IT, and when you do you realize that the storage you estimate is never enough. Running low on disk space is the worst and with boot camp, if you underestimate your needs you are out of luck. Better safe than sorry. But whatever, OP go ahead and allocate the exact space you need. Ill start typing my post now for when you start a new thread titled "I didn't allocate enough boot camp space, help me!"
     
  15. contitego macrumors member

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    I agree. I have found Windows Server 2003 installs with 2 or more partions. A tiny 10GB for the install and then the rest of the drive for everything else. Installing Windows Server 2003, additional windows services (ad/terminal services/iss/), updates, printers, the user database and then symantec end up taking up the small driver very fast.

    It equals one big mess. Even when think you have covered the bases, something else needsto be installed.

    My copy off Office 2007 is 1 GB and it's only word and power point. Windows 7 is 12. Installing updates for office, and Windows 7 will get you to about 15. Installing a few games, like WoW will get you a full drive fast. I have all of my WoW dvds set up as install folders on a drive, and all of the updates. WoW + the installer disc is 30Gb. I have found it's faster to make a directory with all of my contents of the two or three discs in one folder. WoW installs faster this way.
     
  16. Razeus thread starter macrumors 601

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    well i'm an accountant by profession. Therefore I know that Windows/Office is 18GB plus 16GB for games is 34GB.

    Please check YOUR math.
     
  17. contitego macrumors member

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    I hope you're not my accountant because you can not read. He states he has TWO games.

    Let's do math:
    8*2 =16 Gigs for discs (2 DISCS)
    10*2=20 Gigs for Installs (2 INSTALLS)
    =16 Gigs for Windows + office

    My math shows me 52 Gigs. He rounded up.

    You fail as an accountant. I hope you are not mine, if you are mine, Id fire you.
     
  18. Razeus thread starter macrumors 601

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    perhaps you need reading comprehension refreshers. He was referring to my installation, not his. Why else would he tell me I should have more than 50GB of space?? What would I care what his installation size is, as I'm sure his size is for what he needs and plans to do?
     
  19. contitego macrumors member

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    read it again. i quoted him. I colored everything for you: black is I, red is you. Read it again. he doesn't say you at all he says I, I, I. He is refering to how he installs files, and how much room he uses. He simply states you ONCE stating if you want no room. He is refering to HIS install, and what HE does. he is giving you advice.

    I do not need reading comprension. My reading comprension is in the top 3% based on the standard IQ test. My reading score was 130+. NOT trying.

    An accountant who can't read and can't do simple math. Epic Fail.
     
  20. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    You two, cut it out. Who cares whos an accoutant and how many games a person installed. GET OVER IT.
     
  21. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Not at all. Just takes a few additional steps.

    The advantage of the solution that I mentioned is that it allows you to not waste space while creating a back up of your BootCamp partition. Kills two birds with one stone so to speak. That way when your Windows installation gets hosed over time or you get some sort of Malware, you can just reinstall from the backup. Simple & fast. That's being effective in my book. :)
     
  22. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    80 GB. It's usually enough for the OS (Windows 7 x64), many apps, at least 4 games, and still with enough room to spare.
     
  23. umiwangu macrumors 6502

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    Gotta love this place...
     
  24. Razeus thread starter macrumors 601

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    ...on the internet, everyone is a genius.;)
     
  25. vertigo78 macrumors regular

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    i only made my partition 25gb since the last time i had windows on a mac i never used it. but that was on a macbook and now a have a macbook pro. so figured id make use of my graphics card and install a few games. that filled up quick so i added a fat32 partition.
     

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