Realistic Partition Size

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by plutnicki, May 23, 2006.

  1. plutnicki macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2003
    Been reading through the threads for Boot Camp and I understand that 10 Gig is the minimum partition size. However, how much of that is taken up by Windows XP? I'm planning a MacBook purchase, my plans for the Windows XP use are my wife using Internet Explorer for work stuff, and probably will run OpenOffice until an OS X version for Intel Macs is readily available (beyond untested Alphas...). Just want see how big an HD I should get...

    No real gaming, but would like to have some space left over... Will 10 Gig suffice, or should I plan 15 or 20 just to be safe?

  2. Hls811 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    I did a 9GB partition, and then installed Office 2003 Professional and ran all updates for both Windows and Office - those 2 combined takes up just under 6GB...

    I forgot to check the actual size of JUST a clean WinXP install... I meant to, but was too quick in installing Office. I'd guestimate its 5GB.

    I'm not going to run Windows for anything other than basic Office apps, and a few small apps I need for work.. I don't need to store any docs in that partition...
  3. Hugh macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    Erie, PA
    How much space?

    I suggest that you go with either 15gig to 20gig. I went with 10gig and after +all+ the updates and Office I was up to 8gig used already. Give your self breathing room and go with something bigger.

  4. Mojo67821 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2006
    I agree... 20 gigs. I'm running heavy duty programs and games on both sides, and this breakup 20 windows/60 for OSX works good for me. OSX takes up more room than windows, so I wanted to give it more breathing room.

    It's always good to have at least a few gigs free.
  5. timswim78 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    One thing to keep in mind. The NTFS file system requires about 15% free space in order to defragment properly.
  6. mileslong macrumors 6502


    Apr 29, 2005
    Newport Beach, CA
    guys after my setup it left me with only 6 gb and its already full. is there anyway to redo this partition? please tell me i dont have to completely redo boot camp and reload windows and the mac drivers again :(

    when ask me for the drive size it only gave me three options and the first one was very small i tookt he middle one and the other option looked like the entire mac drive size. i didnt see anywhere you could set a specific number.



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