What is the MINIMUM space I NEED to allocate in VMWare for Windows 7 to work?

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  1. vader1990 macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    So guys, what is the MINIMUM space I need to allocate in VMWare Fusion, so that the Windows 7 Beta works successfully on my unibody MBP?

    Basically how much space does the OS take? Is 10GB a good guess? 15GB just to be safe?

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. Fabiano macrumors regular

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    I just got the defaut settings for Vista, that is 40GB. Here the Windows 7 folder is 7,09 GB.
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Windows 7 takes 16GB by itself, so I'd say give it 25 to 32 GB.
     
  4. vader1990 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So wait, the OS takes up 7.08GB, so is using a 10GB setting for VMWare a good plan?

    Thanks!
     
  5. vader1990 thread starter macrumors regular

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    20Gb any good? if not then 25GB shoudl be...

    Thanks man!!

    What about that guy saying it taking up 7.08GB?!
     
  6. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    I've used Windows 7 under bootcamp (not VMware) and used a 16GB partition. If I turn off restore points, then I get about 4GB free. You should be able to do the same thing with VMware.
     
  7. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    He was lying. Windows 7 takes up 2.4 GB as an .iso image in 32-bit and 3.2 GB as in .iso image in 64-bit.

    However, once all files are expanded and installed, the total space required is ~ 16 GB give or take. 20 GB partition should be enough if you only plan to use your Windows partition for testing purposes, but if you plan to game a little, I'd say use 25 GB, gives more breathing room for games.
     

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