Minimum partition for xp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by whyrichard, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    What would you say is the minimum partition size or xp + a few programs? i want to only have a minimum amount of extra hd space devoted to xp... i'm already low on hd space!

    and ps: macbook is quite nice.
  2. Steve1496 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2004
  3. joelypolly macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2003
    Melbourne & Shanghai
    I would go up to 6GB depending on what ur use of XP is.
  4. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    I'd recommend a nice 10 GB. Gives XP, the applications, and your files plenty of room to breathe.

    XP cant read HFS+ volumes, without some 3rd party software.

    Also, with XP, the more RAM you have, the bigger your swap file is.

    Some steps to take when you get it installed, disable System Restore. It is USELESS. When you take it back to a point, it loads up old files, and will erase parts of applications you've installed since then, leaving a big mess, and it will sometimes delete data that you have made since the restore.

    Also, another feature is hibernation. Also useless unless you are running it on a MacBook Pro, but even still, its kinda useless. Hibernation dumps the contents of the RAM to hard disk, but still takes about as long as normally booting XP, since it has to read the entire RAM dump in, even if the RAM wasnt being used. T_T

    Its quite a dumbass system.
  5. Kingsly macrumors 68040


  6. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002

    you just managed to explain to me two very odd behaviors i have observed using my xppro system for the first time in the past year.

    i'll do ten. leave the other 90 for everything everything else.

    next question....

    i now how my macbook set up the way i like, and soon i'll be installng xp... but how do i keep my settings? when i partition i erase everything, but i'd like to be able to just drag my macbook as it.

    i think i need to make a disk image... what is and how to? and how to put it back onto my macbook?


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