Windows partition size for gaming

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Zephirus, May 28, 2008.

  1. Zephirus macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2008
    Hello everyone, I have an imac 3.08 and will be installing WinXP for gaming and CAD applications such as AUtocad and CATIA v5. I would like to know what size should be my partition. I havent played much of the newer games so I'm not used to the new game size. I heard Crysis takes 10gb for example :eek:

    I am thinking that 150gb would be more than enough...

  2. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I got a 80gb drive for Windows thought it would be grand – now I see AoC is a 30gb install!

    But yeah you should be good with 150gb – I'm guessing both the apps you mention will be <20gb?
  3. Zephirus thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2008
    yea, under 20gb each, catia can get pretty big with all modules.

    if I eventually need more, ill just reinstall my stuff and do a fresh formatting
  4. redsteven macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2006
    I made mine 32 gigs (though I wish I had made it larger) just for games. It's definitely managable... i just uninstall things I'm not using. Right now I have Windows XP on it with Bioshock, Battlefield 2142 (and the expansion), Team Fortress 2, and the Sins of a Solar Empire Demo. I've also got a few other things on their (like Amazon Unbox cause it doesn't support OS X).

    That still gives me about 6 gigs left over. When I get Mass Effect I'll uninstall BioShock and I should have plenty of room again. If I had to do it all over again, I'd probably make my partition closer to 50 gigs though.
  5. ColinEC macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2008
    I have a 250GB HD (160GB External), I gave Windows Vista 72GB leaving 160GB for Mac (along with the other 160GB external - very happy with that.

    If I were you I'd go with 160GB instead of 150GB. You'll really have around 155GB after formatting (I believe).
  6. Zephirus thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2008
    thank you everyone for the help :)

    I'll be going for 160gb :) I'm not quite sure I'll be able to fill that, but we never know, maybe next year some games will take 3-4 DVDs to install! :eek:
  7. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    10 GB is nothing. My installation of UT 2004 (with many maps and mods installed) is closer to 20 GB :)
  8. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    My XP partition is 32gb but I bought myself a little 60gb* external drive (mini one, for portability and no need for a power lead). It's getting full now what with my Steam collection - GTA series, Orange Box, id super pack, Unreal collection. Kinda wish I saved up for a bigger drive.

    But regardless that is always the way. Theres always a point where you wished you had more storage space.

    * Actually I can't remember the size. It might even be 30gb!

    super late edit: Yea I'm only using 15gb of my internal 32gb for Windows XP, Painter, Photoshop CS and MMF2. As well as my docs of course. It's all I need.
  9. RichardI macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Southern Ontario, Canada
    I have 250Gb. of my 750 dedicated to Windoze. I have LOTS of stuff installed and I still have lots of room.
    Just as an aside, as I get used to OSX, I find I boot to XP less and less anyway....:p

    Rich :cool:

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