Windows 10 Bootcamp - How much Space?

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  1. bmac89 macrumors 6502a

    bmac89

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    Hello,

    I'm very short on hard drive space and wondering how much space is required for a bootcamp partition and how much space will be used by bootcamp windows 10?

    Also is there somewhere that I can manually download the bootcamp drivers as the bootcamp assistant download never works?

    Thanks
     
  2. Wreckus macrumors 6502a

    Wreckus

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    all the info + downloads for bootcamp drivers are here. https://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/

    However, when you create your windows 7 usb stick, it will download and put the drivers on the usb stick..unless you deselect that option.

    for hard drive space..it depends what you are planning to install in Windows. I think the minimum is 30GB; However, I'd add more if you are planning to run some games or multimedia.

    For me personally, my windows 10 partition is 70GB and I got around 25GB free that thats with Mass effect, some other games, & MS office installed.
     
  3. Shirasaki macrumors 603

    Shirasaki

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    Without driver download, your disk would even never be able to be created through assistant.

    For space, basically you need at least 40GB of free space to run much things decent. Mine has 50 because I need Office 2013, Visio, and some other stuff.
     
  4. freeuser macrumors regular

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    I had only 21Gb left on my Win8.1 (MacbookPro Retina) to upgrade to Win10 with the media creation tool,
    after that, installed a fresh W10 Pro, and base install had around 17Gb, so don't expect, to go less than 20Gb
    with no additional apps installed. Please note, that's an absolute minimum, I recommend 40Gb or more too!.
     
  5. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    To be safe, I recommend 70-80GB. Windows with updates and a few applications gets up there pretty quick.
     
  6. Shirasaki macrumors 603

    Shirasaki

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    This applies to mac OS X as well.
     

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