How much to give for bootcamp?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by romeo26, May 6, 2010.

  1. romeo26 macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2010
    I have a mbp with a 500 gb hdd. How much ould you give to bootcamp?

    I plan on running games, half life, l4d2, boarderlands.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    50GB maybe?

    Have you used MRoogle yet to check the dozens of similar threads?
  3. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    30gb should give you enough to add as many pirated games as you like. Did I say pirated? Well it's not like we don't all know :p
  4. romeo26 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2010
    Nope...they wont be pirated games...ill be using steam! How much does windows 7 actually take?
  5. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    It all depends on how much you plan on using windows. I have a windows partition with VM Ware and I could probably count on one hand the times I've used it in the last year and a half. I gave it 32gb and that was too much.
  6. grodgers macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2009
    I allocated 100GB on my 500GB drive <shrug>.

    It all depends upon what you're going to do with it.
  7. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    I'm not sure, but I sure wouldn't run it under 10gb.

    Since Steam is download-based it also applies to what I was hinting at with pirating; it's going to take space per-game.

    Just click the 30gb option and you should be able to download every Steam game you ever wanted, all five of them.
  8. Disc Golfer macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    I set aside 65 gb for my windows partition; I have Windows 7, GTA 4 and Wolfenstein (09) installed and there are currently 25 gb free.
  9. grodgers macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Just to add, my Windows 7 Ultimate installation took about 24 GB of space.

    Remember you W7 will need temp/swap space, etc.

    HD space is dang near free. If you're really going to "use" Windows, make sure and allocate enough space up front so you don't cause yourself pain down the road.
  10. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    30GB ?!! It won't be enough for sure.

    I just installed BC on my 500GB and gave 130GB to Win7. The games are more and more bigger.
  11. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    Bigger? Bigger than 6gb, say?

    Screw it, Steam is going Mac anyway.
  12. Tronic macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2009
    When I had Vista, I initially allocated 32gb but that quickly disappeared. When I installed 7, I gave it 60gb and i've already used 40gb just installing the programs I use daily, which are, Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, Autocad '11, Revit '11, 3ds Max '11, Maya '11, Rhinoceros 4, SketchUp 7 and Google Earth.
  13. rawd macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2008
    I tried giving it 50 gig but SL complained that it couldn't move some crucial files, that I needed to repartition and reinstall EVERYTHING. It didn't complain about 32 gig, but now I only have 15 gig left after installing W7 Ultimate 64bit
  14. Beric macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2008
    Bay Area
    I have 200GB of games on my Windows PC, so I'd need at least 200GB on Boot Camp (don't currently have Boot Camp running on my Macbook). Be sure to allocate enough for everything you have, and some expansion. Try to decide what large files you'll actually have in Mac OS X.
  15. Arie macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Same here.
  16. square one macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2010
    i gave it 50 of my 500. w7 pro took about 18gb.
  17. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
    SSD space is far from free. I've got a 160GB SSD (only) in my MBP. Would like to use bootcamp, but anything over about 32 GB would start to be a problem. Still mulling this over...
  18. Mystikal macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2007
    Irvine, CA
    I had 32gb and realized that was too small once I installed steam. Jumped to 100 and now its more then enough. Once May 12th comes around I will repartition it again to be way less.
  19. jmdMac macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2010
    I just set up my bootcamp/parallels partition last night. I allocated 125/500gb to windows. Although I plan to use windows for more than just gaming, as I also have a couple engineering programs that may chew up some space. Hope this helps your decision!

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