I have a few Win7 instances. Barebones, you're looking at like 17GB, although once you start installing some apps, it can certainly grow fast. It helps to compress it periodically.If i install windows 7/8 using parallels on the new 128gb Air?
I tried the SD card route. Picked up a 64GB Sandisk Ultra for under $50. It's not intended to run an OS off it. It can hold a library of files fine, but if you intend to run apps off it, it can get ugly. Transfer rates of 10-20mbps compared to the new Airs pushing 450-500, it can be very painful to watch.Agreed, I could buy A 64GB SDXC, or get a pro and install an ssd. Decisions decisions
30 GB is ok if you're only planning to use a couple of applications, like office. The windows 7 only size does depend on which version you're installing and what extra stuff like accessories you install. It is actually possible to get it under 10 GB if you start deleting superfluous stuff that Windows installs. There are guides on the web on what you can safely delete if space is a major consideration.I installed a brand new Win 7 machine in Parallels the other day. The size of the NVM file is 13.9GB. That's vanilla Win 7. No idea if it could be made smaller or not.
Personally I plan to devote 30GB of my 256GB SSD to a Win7 partition that I can use either natively or with Parallels.
I have to disagree on the draw in GPU. The HD 4000 will be noticeably faster in a full voltage CPU. The HD4000 in the ULV chips is somewhat gimped to fit into the low TDP. Anandtech has an article that explains this in detailshttp://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/06/faceoff-13-macbook-pro-vs-13-macbook-air/
this should help you make your decision !
repost from a thread from mbp section.