Ideal partition size for Macbook Pro 256GB SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Wreckus, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. Wreckus macrumors 6502a

    Wreckus

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    Hi guys,

    Going back to college part time and taking excel courses and probably other accounting courses like quickbooks.

    I was thinking of doing the unthinkable and moving back a Windows PC since a bunch of the accounting programs are windows only (quickbooks). But I just can't give up my macbook pro (even though it is mid-2014) and was thinking of doing bootcamp.

    But I'm not sure of the ideal partition size that I should have for OS X & Windows and I'm looking for suggestions. I was thinking of going 80GB for Windows and the rest for OS X but not sure. Windows will be mostly use for office, accounting programs and some games. OS X will definitely be the main driver and World of Warcraft will be on OS X as well.

    Thanks.
     
  2. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    We have to do a little math to figure out what the appropriate size is, and knowing the fact that Windows runs slower when >75% of it's available space is used.

    Windows Vista and up (64-bit) uses about 20GB out of the box.
    Figure out how much space is needed for your programs, Quickbooks is pretty hefty so giving it 1 GB is probably overkill but it also figures in your QuickBooks databases.
    Figure in 1 GB for Sage if you will be using that too.
    Don't forget to add space for all your stuff, for typical classwork, 5 GB should be more than enough, giving it 10 GB is fine.

    Once you've added up all of the space. Multiply it by 1.25 to figure out how much space you'll need at a minimum.

    If you don't feel like doing the math and 1 program is all you will be installing, 40 GB should be plenty, but if you have the space to spare, 60 GB all the way up to 120 GB will get the job done.

    I know I started off on a precise track and ended up going with a general answer, but it's just the way I build servers, it's all subjective based on your needs.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    I think between 60 to 80 is a safe number to shoot for.

    I also recommend using Winclone to backup your bootcamp partition, since you may be a little tight on space, you may need to consider an external drive for backing that up. Its not an image clone, so the size will be smaller then the bootcamp partition but still you may be filling up your OS X volume with a backup of your bootcamp volume.
     
  4. Wreckus thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Wreckus

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    I went with 80. Reinstalled both OS X & window 10 and the HDD space on the os X side is much better now.

    Thanks.
     

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