Dual Booting All discussion on Dual Booting 2 operating systems (or even more!) on the Dell Mini
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Join Date: Apr 2009
03-23-2010, 08:09 PM
I don't recall how big my XP install was but it was pretty small... I think I got it under a gig... I got win7 in about 3 GB I think. I know while looking around I found people had slimmed down the XP install files to under 200MB in some cases... look around for a lite xp for eeepc to get some ideas.
Make sure you try to strip stuff out as much as possible with nlite before installing. I would make sure you don't skp security updates btw... optional updates and drivers is up to you but skipping security is bad idea.
Also I think you can slim down OSX a bit as well... there was a way to get it to fit entirely on an 8GB drive but it involved installing it first, stripping it down and then cloning that image off I believe. I think it should be possible.
Also to save space on the drive, I leave a Mini SD card in the card reader that houses my pictures and music etc folders as speed isn't terribly important for those. If you format it NTFS and install a special driver under OSX you can move your user folder for OSX there
also. This way you don't double up size to store the same pictures or music for both OS's.
Along the same lines I stuck a bunch of portable apps on my SD card like portable office, portable web browsers etc that keeps drive space empty as possible.
Lastly make sure you turn off hybernate in windows to get rid of the hyberfile and you can even attempt to turn off the swap file if you want.
I think you can get a useable dual boot by doing these things but be ready to carefully choose only the apps you really want to use regularly and if you use your SD drive to house apps and user folders, you will obviously loose it for other uses like getting pictures off a camera.
Join Date: Mar 2009
03-25-2010, 04:14 AM
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