How Space should I allocate for Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by gwd4YQL, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. gwd4YQL macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2010
    I'm a newbie to MAC OS. I recently purchased an iMAC with 1TB HDD. Snow Leopard OS

    I wish to use Boot Camp to set up Win XP.
    I have 3 programs I want to run under Win XP

    Corel's Photo Impact (requires about 765 mb)
    Maximizer CRM (about 150 mb + 125 mb for the Pervasive data engine)
    and Naturally Speaking ( 2.5 GB) Ouch!

    and then some room required for document saving and retrieval for these Windows apps...
    Am I correct in thinking that they cannot see the MAc OS partition
    nor the document, photo or data files located on that partition?

    Recommended Partition Size?
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Since you have such an expansive hard drive, I'd give it 50GB or so. Never hurts to have a little extra space in case you want it down the road. Windows should be able to read from but not write to the OS X partition as well.
  3. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    Go with 30 GB at a minimum. XP takes 4-5 GB plus needs another 5 GB free to run smoothly without any other software or documents. Windows can see the mac partition but not write to it. Mac can write to the windows partition if it is formatted as FAT32 or read-only access if it is formatted as NTFS. A shared FAT32 partition can be read and write by windows and mac os.
  4. gwd4YQL thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2010
    Thanks - How MUCH Space should I allocate for Windows XP

    Thanks ;

    Both provided good info for me...
    (sorry ' bout my typo in the original subject posting... )

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