Running out of HD space in Windows Bootcamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by trilamb, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. trilamb macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2008
    Recently installed Windows XP on my 15" MBP (2.6ghz, 4gb RAM, 200gb 7200rpm) with Boot Camp. I thought a 25 gig partition was a prudent number for adding a handful of windows games to my MBP. I was wrong. Orange Box alone (w/ Steam) was 14 gigs (duh -- i should have realized that). Another 8 gigs were gone for just whatever the heck came with windows, the updates, etc. I have like 2-4 gigs left and still have a bunch of games I want to install.

    I've looked around and it seems impossible to re-partition the drive, so my options seem to be to reinstall windows with a larger partition, or add an extrernal HD and add games onto that. My questions are:

    1. Will I have to reinstall the games/saves I installed on windows when I re-install and re-partition windows? Does a re-install of windows erase everything?

    2. If I install windows games onto my external drive will there be a noticeable change in gameplay/reliability/speed/graphics power because it's coming off an external and not the internal 7200rpm drive?

  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    You can clone the BootCamp partition to an external drive, then clone back to your enlarged bootcamp (or whatever) partition. Take a look at winclone
  3. webgoat macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2007
    Austin, TX
    i run orange box off an external hard drive and have noticed no performance issues

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