Windows 10 Bootcamp - How much Space?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by bmac89, Aug 2, 2015.

  1. bmac89 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014

    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?

  2. Wreckus macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2015
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    all the info + downloads for bootcamp drivers are here.

    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 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 604


    May 16, 2015
    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 Suspended

    Apr 8, 2013
    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


    Mar 7, 2015
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    To be safe, I recommend 70-80GB. Windows with updates and a few applications gets up there pretty quick.
  6. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    This applies to mac OS X as well.

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