Space Question

e²Studios

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I have been debating installing XP Pro on to my MBP but i am concerned with how much space windows will need. To be honest the only reason i want to install XP is to use one note, visio, and being realistic with myself the real reason is to play Ultima Online :eek: UO takes approx 1.2GB of space, but with a new client update coming soon maybe more. one note is relatively small at around 100mb. Visio is probably 2-300mb, but im not sure about that. I know windows needs swap space just like OSX but im unsure how much space to give it if i go the boot camp route. I have around 55GB free on my HD right now.

Does 10GB seem like enough, or too much? I'm not sure what XP needs as its base for a install. Forgive me if my numbers are off.

its a 15" MBP 1GB ram, 100GB HD.

Thanks
Ed
 

yellow

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I think a base Windows install is about 2GBish. IMO, 10GB is fine for what you want to do and should give you a little elbow room for future growth. I wouldn't go any smaller than that.
 

e²Studios

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yellow said:
I think a base Windows install is about 2GBish. IMO, 10GB is fine for what you want to do and should give you a little elbow room for future growth. I wouldn't go any smaller than that.
I'm still trying to figure out what took nearly 20GB on the base install of OS X, i uninstalled the languages i didnt need, and removed garageband, iWork and its support files, but im still wondering.. i dont think OS X base system is all that large?

I think i will take a leap and using bootcamp to do a 10GB windows partition. Hopefully i dont run in to huge issues :D

Ed
 

yellow

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Did you remove the GB & iDVD turds in /Library/Application Support/ and... well some other place that escapes me. The OS X base install isn't that large, but the accoutrements make it that large.
Use WhatSize or DiskSweeper to see what else there is that is big. Don't nuke anything you're not 100% familiar with.
 

Steve Jobless

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i used a 9 GB partition, does boot camp automatically format in fat32?

just remember the windows install about 2 gigs counts against your space.
 

e²Studios

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yellow said:
When you install Windows you decide how you want to format the partition, FAT or NTFS.
But you will only be able to see it from the MacOS partition if you format it in FAT32 correct?

How hard is it to back out of the install/remove windows and restore my 10GB's to the mac if i decided that i dont need the partition anymore?

Ed
 

2ndPath

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Ed H said:
But you will only be able to see it from the MacOS partition if you format it in FAT32 correct?
If it is FAT32 you can read and write it from Mac OS. An NTFS partition can only be read by Mac OS.
 

yellow

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Ed H said:
But you will only be able to see it from the MacOS partition if you format it in FAT32 correct?
What 2ndPath said.

Ed H said:
How hard is it to back out of the install/remove windows and restore my 10GB's to the mac if i decided that i dont need the partition anymore?
Easy. Run BootCamp. There's a functionality to remove the (Windows) partition.
 

Stevez0r

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I'm going to install XP soon on my Mac mini, but I have one question. I'm going with the FAT partition as it provides better compatbility, but what's the difference between FAT file system (Quick) and Fat file system. Which one have you guys used?
 

2ndPath

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Stevez0r said:
I'm going to install XP soon on my Mac mini, but I have one question. I'm going with the FAT partition as it provides better compatbility, but what's the difference between FAT file system (Quick) and Fat file system. Which one have you guys used?
I think this refers only to the way the disk will be formatted. The Quick option can usually be applied if the disk has been formatted before and will basically erase the contents. The non-Quick option will perform a full format of the partition.

I think you can always pick the Quick option and the program will tell you if it is not sufficient and the non-Quick option is required.