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Thumbs up Formatting and partioning - first time out - 09-07-2009, 11:21 AM

Hi all

I've just got my Mini 10v and will be dual booting Windows 7, and Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.5.8 (I haven't decided which yet).

I'll be following one of the reilable guides but am unsure how much space to dedicate to each install. I've got a 160gb HD - can anyone make a suggestion for this?

With thanks in advance,

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Default 09-07-2009, 12:21 PM

OS X can live comfortably on a 12-15 Gb partition if you do not intend on using that partition for storing many files. I don't run Win 7 but I believe its size requirements are similar. The real question is which OS do you intend on using primarily.


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Default 09-07-2009, 12:26 PM

To be honest, I'm not sure! I'm a Windows user and will be trying out OS X, ideally with the move to migrate to using it most of the time. I'll be doing standard things like word processing and watching the odd movie, but might also dabble in the iPhone development app if I get a chance.

That said, Windows is still definitely where my 15 years experience is (I'm 29) so any recommendations based on the above would be appreciated.

In light of this, maybe partition most of the drive to Windows and leave about 40gb for OS X until I'm a more competent user?
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Default 09-07-2009, 02:37 PM

40 gigs should be plenty, I am happy with 32. You can always plug in an SDHC card for additional storage if you need it, or a usb thumb drive.


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Default 09-08-2009, 08:54 AM

Thanks very much for your input - I'll give this a shot.
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Default 09-08-2009, 04:25 PM

What about using 40GB for each OS and then 80GB for data storage. If you format the last partition FAT32, both OSes should be able to see it (I think). In Windows7 you can move your Libraries off of the main partition (C: ) so that it always uses your last drive (E: ) for MyDocuments.

That said, I haven't tried a dual boot myself yet. My 10v should be arriving in the next day or so and I will be upgrading it to Windows 7 as soon as I get it. I plan to partition it as I described above so that I can try Snow Leopard at a later time.
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Default 09-09-2009, 08:56 AM

I've got to say, your suggestion sounds like a great idea to me Scooter70. Would other people advise this?

If so, what file type should you partition for data (FAT32 presumably), and then for Windows and for Mac OS X?

And would the file type be the same for Windows 7 and XP? I've read that XP might be a better fit for the Mini 10v than 7.
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Default 09-09-2009, 02:03 PM

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Originally Posted by schnide View Post
I've got to say, your suggestion sounds like a great idea to me Scooter70. Would other people advise this?

If so, what file type should you partition for data (FAT32 presumably), and then for Windows and for Mac OS X?

And would the file type be the same for Windows 7 and XP? I've read that XP might be a better fit for the Mini 10v than 7.
This would be a fine solution.

Data=Fat32
XP/Win7=NTFS
OSX=HFS+

XP and windows 7 use the same file system, NTFS. I have used both XP and Win7 on the mini. Both run well but I prefer Win7.


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Default 09-09-2009, 10:16 PM

FAT32 haS The 4G file size limitation. There is a reasonable, free 3rd party alternative to allow Mac OS X to read and write to NTFS partitions. Look for MacFUSE threads here for more info. Even with MacFUSE I'd stick to a 3 partition idea, that way nothing you (normally) do with files on the OSX side of things should mess up your Win install because both OSs will be storing all their files on that 3rd data partition. And both OSs can install apps on that common 3rd area assuming you need to at some point although it is easier to do so with OS X vs Windows.


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