Installing Parallels/Windows 7/Office 2010 on my MBP

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  1. WannaBMW3 macrumors regular

    WannaBMW3

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    Hi peeps,

    Thank you for reading and responding to this thread. 2 questions:

    1. How much disc space will installing Parallels 6/Windows 7/Office 2010 on my MBP take up? I currently have 47GB free.

    2. Do you think it is economically viable to install Parallels 6/Windows 7/Office 2010 on my MBP? The student price discount I can get (total) is $240 for all 3 or $79 each. I do know new laptops are going for around $400-$600.

    I am a law student who NEEDS to use OneNote!!! I've tried every mac-based option and nothing comes close! Thanks for your advice guys!
     
  2. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

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    You can use the free VirtualBox instead of Parallels if all you are going to be running is Office.

    I believe windows 7 is about 10 gigs when installed. I don't know how much space Office takes up, but a 15-20GB virtual disk will probably suffice.
     
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    OP, you're going to be cutting it close with that limited amount of space left on your HD. What size is your drive? Is replacing it with a higher-capacity drive an option?

    I'd recommend at least a 32 Gb partition for Windows, Office, etc. A partition is a bit like a desk - sure, you can cover up every square inch of it, but it's far more functional to have enough empty space so that you can move things around when you need to. When a partition starts to get full, performance starts to suffer.
     
  4. WannaBMW3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh I did not know about VirtualBox...

    Is it on par with parallels?
     
  5. WannaBMW3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I have a 200GB 7200RPM hard drive and replacing/upgrading it - not too sure if that's an option or not.

    Yeah I did a little bit of research and found 30GB is the base for installing windows 7 :(
     
  6. Mike225 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using ~37GB right now with Windows 7 Utimate, Office 2010 (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OneNote), and Photoshop (CS5 Solo) essentially carrying the bulk of everything. (Music is on separate partition.)
     
  7. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

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    For what you are using it for, it should be fine. If you worked somewhere where you were allowed to bring in your own laptop but had to be running Windows (and you were too stubborn to just install on another partition - bootcamp) then you would want to use Parallels.
     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    It's actually quite easy and cheap to put in a 500GB 7200rpm drive (especially on the unibody models).

    Guides are found @ iFixIt for most models, http://www.ifixit.com/Browse/MacBook_Pro

    B
     
  9. WannaBMW3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh nice! Ultimate - :)

    How's the performance of Mac OS and the Windows 7? Pretty smooth?
     
  10. WannaBMW3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nice...thank you, I'm checking out that website as we speak :)
     

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