what would you recomended harddrive space for Vista in boot camp for Games

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by eddyhttp, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. eddyhttp macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2008
    I am a long time Sony Vaio user. I have never really used or played around with apple, but I hear it will be great!

    I usually just surf the internet, word process, watch movies, and download a lot of shows from bit torrent.

    Yesterday I just ordered the macbook pro w/ 2.53 GHz and a 320GB @ 7200 rpm. I am very happy with my decision and can't wait :D

    I have a question to all you awesome macbook owners, I will be using boot camp right away with the macbook pro, I know the standard partition is 32GB and you can choose how large you want it to be for vista. I have always played console games on the ps3 and now I want to play games on the the macbook pro.

    How much space should I dedicate for vista ultimate on my macbook pro to run games like Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 and also for microsoft office 2007?

    Will the Vista operating system eat a lot of that 32GB?

  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    lol owning a Macbook Pro will not be that much different.

    Allocate as much as you feel necissary.

    Heavy Gamer? 80, maybe 100 Gb. Casual? Less.

    I think Vista and Office should run you about 15 GB but thats a very rough estimate.
  3. eddyhttp thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2008
    Nice User Name!

    When I get my macbook pro with 320GB how much actual free space will I have?
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    1 gb = 1024 mb
    1 mb = 1024 kb
    1 kb = 1024 bytes
    1,073,741,824 bytes = 1 gb
    320,000,000,000 bytes = ~ 298.02 gb
    (jacked from yahoo answers)
  5. eddyhttp thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2008
    And with OS X Leopard installed, it should be around 280GB of free space?
  6. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Sorry forgot to address that.

    I'm not sure how they come out of the box. I know a fresh installation will consume around 11 GB, 8Gb if you don't have the printer drivers.

    Couple that with iLife and well.... i'm stumped. :confused:

    I can't imagine more than 15 GB would be consumed Out of the box and I didn't pay attention to how much mine had.
  7. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    Man that's funny:

    - I'm also a Sony VAIO User
    - I'm also a new switcher (very excited)
    - I've also just bought yesterday the 2.53 MBP with 7200 rpm HD
    - I will also install Vista for gaming :)

    I think I will allocate around 100GB to Vista. 230 GB for Leopard + my files should be enough.

    Which version of Vista will you install. I heard that on a mac it should be the 64Bits version. I actually wanted to install XP but I think that XP doesn't support directx 10 so I'll have to go Vista.

    cheers my friend.
  8. eddyhttp thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2008
    wow that is crazy... I have a copy of vista ulitmate. My mother got a copy for free at an MD convention. So I am guessing that is the 64bit. I don't actually have my CD of xp anymore.

    This is kinda scary... I am a long time user of XP and now I am going to jump straight into Leopard and boot camp Vista. Since I am a staunch user of XP I'll dedicate 100GB too to vista.

    I think i'll keep using my vaio untill I learn most of the shortcuts on both systems.

    P.S. you should look at the other guy who has been answering my questions. his name is apparently also "eddy." I wonder what if that is his real name because I use eddy for edmund. lol its too formal.

    One more question, does anyone know if you partition with boot camp can you add or remove space according to your needs after you partitioned a portion of the hdd to vista? I am guessing no.:rolleyes:
  9. pimentoLoaf macrumors 68000


    Dec 30, 2001
    The SimCity Deli
    On my Vista Ultimate HP laptop I have a 100gb drive; wish I had a 320gb.

    Having said that, it depends on the game. If it's Flight Simulator X, you'll need at least 20-30gb for all the standard files plus whatever you might add.

    Office 2007's footprint is only around 0.5gb, and that's the Professional version with Publisher & Access.

    For a PDF on Bootcamp, CLICK HERE.
  10. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    I will also install FSX and finally play this game with high details !!:)

    Thanks for the manual, it can help.
  11. tremendous macrumors 6502


    Jan 16, 2008
    UK? Yeah I'm OK. Stop asking.
    overkill much?
  12. eddyhttp thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2008
    i plan to get into gaming.

    also i want to force myself to learn apple because i am surrounded by it at my college and i feel stupid that i dont even know how to do basic things on my friends computers.

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