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How much partition do you use for dual boot?

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January 27, 2013 3:23:56 PM

So i got a Mac OS X Mountain Lion with 4GB of RAM and 500GB HHD... If I were to boot camp (planning on having win 8 pro), how much partition should I use (100GB good enough for gaming)? Should I go for the 32 bit or 64 bit (if I'm not planning on updating my RAM)?





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January 27, 2013 3:30:34 PM

Depends upon what games you want to install, and how many, but I'd say that 100GB is a bit tight. I'd go for 150-200. Bear in mind that it might take a bit of work to install Windows 8, depending upon the age of the Mac. Also, the graphics card in a Mac (depending on the model) is likely to struggle with the more demanding games.
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January 27, 2013 4:22:05 PM

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January 27, 2013 4:38:57 PM

I installed Win8 on a machine yesterday and it's space consumption was 149GB before installation of any programs (except video driver) and after the 24 updates it had to do.

250 - 300GB for an OS partition might be safer, but like iJack said, it depends on what games and how many.
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January 27, 2013 5:12:23 PM

That sounds a lot to me. My Windows 8 installation takes about 100GB, but that includes a few largish programs like Visual Studio.
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January 27, 2013 7:10:42 PM

Ijack said:
That sounds a lot to me. My Windows 8 installation takes about 100GB, but that includes a few largish programs like Visual Studio.


Your comment led me to research the size of my OS drive. I found a 122GB file created by IOmeter buried in the "Virtual Store" directory. While IOmeter is not installed on my PC, I had run a benchmark with it last night.

True size of the OS after installation, 30GB. Considerably less than I had thought. Thanks!
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