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BootCamp - Partition Size

 
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Is anyone else using BootCamp? What's your experiences? How big of a partition do you use?

In the past, I've always used VirtualBox and run Windows in a Virtual Machine. I do this only for web development IE testing, and it works well, using the free versions of Windows and IE Microsoft provides. I keep the partitions small, and because they are dynamically sized by VirtualBox, only take the space required - not the size indicated in the Windows VM.

Over the weekend, I needed to setup a true Windows environment. I have access to a licensed copy of Win8 via DreamSpark and thought this would be easy. Initially, I made my partition 30GB, but filled that before Windows 8 had completed the 212 updates (totally 2.5GB (!)) required before I could install the free update to Win8.1. After wasting a good chunk of Sunday, I've now gone for broke and redone it with a 100GB partition.

It would seem the spec requirements for Windows and BootCamp on Apple's site are a bit short.

 
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I have a 40GB Windows 7 partition on my MacBook Pro - basically created just for a few games that really need native windows. I forget how, but it is possible to tell Windows to remove the update packages, the temp files, and the replaced files after the upgrade completes - without this I would have been out of space a long time ago.

I use rEFIt as my bootloader, as it gives me a nice graphical boot menu. However I have noticed that since installing this, the entire boot process to get OSX up and running seems to take longer than it used to - this is purely subjective, and makes no sense to me, but it does seem to mirror what I have heard other people mention about rEFIt. One of these days I shall have to try rEFInd - the updated fork of rEFIt.
 
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Thank you for your insight, Andrew.

In the end, 47GB of the 93GB I allocated has been consumed by updates and I haven't yet got to the game I wanted to play. I assume 7GB went to BootCamp, because that's not registered in Windows at all.

And, yes, I am doing all this for a game. Haha!
I waited 30 years for a good sequel to the original Elite, and didn't want to wait 3 months for the Mac version.

Cheers!
Chris
 
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