How much space should you allow for Windows XP?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Boesky, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Boesky macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2009
    All I will have is MS Office and probably a few other programs.
  2. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I'd give it 12 gigs – should be loads if you're only using office.
  3. rfrankl macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2006
    I made mine 15 gig only because you never know if their is a future program you might have to add.
  4. coolquasar macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2008
    i have given 50GB :cool: To install biggies like GTA4
  5. LadyBarbara macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2009
    How to count the GB's for Vista and other programs?

    I'm not sure on how to count the GB or bits to partition off the right amount on my mac for installation for Vista. I'm want to add office, photoshop, coffeecup (FTP), snagit and easy image program. For there are no Mac ver for these programs. I need them for our website businesses. Any suggestions, thanks
  6. dB.Mac macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2009
    Better to shoot big

    I've partitioned 50GB for Vista and have already used 21GB before installing Office. Photos and other files can quickly eat up hard drive space!!
  7. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    I usually give 7 (which was once Vista) about 80 GB of the 250. It's plenty for the OS, random apps, and several games.
  8. xIGmanIx macrumors 6502a

    Dec 21, 2008
    i would suggest no more than 32 GB and that is being a little generous

    why would you have personal files like this stored on your xp partition? if you keep it under 32GB you can use the FAT file system to be able to access both, however i would suggest just using the windows OS for applications and continue to manage your personal files in your OS of choice, which if your running OS X, i would assume is OS X
  9. cafe kid macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2009
    hey im putting win 32 on my iMac and i need a little help please..
    i get the OPS installed and running and when i try to get he drivers running with the Mac OSX installation disc my mouse and keyboard stop working :eek:

    any help is greatly appretiated..

  10. Emmanuel macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2009
    Massachsetts, USA
    I'd leave 20GB or so. Possibly 12 at a minimum. Office is somewhat of a pig when it comes to disk space.

    Try using folder sharing or something like that and you won't need as much space, just for the applications.
  11. dB.Mac macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2009
  12. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Windows XP itself takes up 10 GB's. For applications, a total of no more than 15 GB.
  13. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    A good rule of thumb, estimate what you need and double it. 50GB is generally enough for most people. Note that a modern game can easily use 10GB+. Also, if you use ISO images instead of carrying the game disc, thats another 8GB, Windows needs a few gigs for XP, much more for Vista and Windows 7. Don't underestimate space you need.

    Spare what you can, otherwise use something like Paralles, VMware Fusion, or Virtual Box that lets you set a 'drive' that grows in size so it doesn't use up your storage as fast.
  14. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    I gave, I think, 5 GB, maybe 10 GB, for my XP partition. It was just the OS, however. I installed my games on an external HDD.

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