Planning on partitioning HDD w/ boot camp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by chuckflip53, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. chuckflip53 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    MBP mid-2010 250gb 5400rpm

    I'm wondering:
    a) how many partitions i should create
    b) recommended size of those partitions
    c) where to install the windows OS

    in order to minimize loading times for commmon applications (word, chrome) and thus, which partitions to install these apps on

    I read that since the outer parts of the HDD are the quickest, that I should create the first partition for my more commonly used apps and the inner (2nd/3rd etc) partitions for data storage - can somebody confirm?

    Thanks for all suggestions
  2. AttilaTheHun macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2010
    All your options are right
    my only recomendation is to use bootcomp because it use all the surces of the computer when you use all the 3rd party softrare and running win and OS X the prossor and the ram splite by half and slowing yourcomputer
    (sory on my spaling)
  3. chuckflip53 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    Yes, I'll be using bootcamp for my windows OS

    This is the order of the partitions I'm thinking of (approx):

    1. 30GB common apps + small files (docs etc)
    2. 25GB MAC OS
    3. 25GB Bootcamp
    4. Storage

    Should that be fine (in terms of level of partitions and size)
  4. 2hvy4grvty macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    Gonna need more than 25 GB.

    I pretty much have nothing on my Mac partition and I'm using 28. The only additional software I installed was Chrome, Thunderbird, Virtual Box, Netbeans, and MS Office.

    I've got my Windows partition using 35 GB with an install of iTunes, Chrome, Thunderbird, and MATLAB.

    Technically, yes, the driver head would have to move less.
  5. chuckflip53 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    How about this setup:

    Partition 1: 60GB (Mac OS + most used programs + small random files)
    Partition 2: 40GB (Windows OS Bootcamp)
    Partition 3: 150GB (data storage)

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