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

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    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?

    Thanks!
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

    tersono

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    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

    webgoat

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    i run orange box off an external hard drive and have noticed no performance issues
     

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