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Best partition options for Boot Camp setup (on MacBook Pro w/VMWare Fusion)

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I have a new Macbook Pro.  I'm preparing to install VMWare Fusion and want to use it to access a Boot Camp partition containing Vista.  Wanted to double-check a couple things before I run the Boot Camp setup.  Two questions:

- Can I safely format the Vista partition as NTFS?  (i.e. can Fusion find/read a Boot Camp NTFS partition?)

- What would be the optimal size of the Vista partition?  (I don't plan to store any data there and very few programs.  i.e. I plan to spend most of my time in OS X and only use Vista when forced to do so.)

Thanks.

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Yes, you can safely format the partition as ntfs. That does, however, set up some issues with saving from OS x to the partition. See this thread:http://communities.vmware.com/message/778087;jsessionid=B30F28C00D3E2EE8024686F399E3DB55
The only other thing you may want to consider is not using ntfs at all but use fat 32 for your Vista Partition. Since you are not going to use it for much I am going to assume you will not need to worry about the 4 gb file size limit on fat32.
Fat32 can be read by Mac OS x without doing anything. Also why Vista anyway ? Unless you have the Ultimate edition of  Vista, Win XP Pro is a much more full featured OS. As  far as optimum size ,10-15 Gb is a good range for Vista
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Thanks for the info.

I've set up a 20Gb NTFS partition.  It's working beautifully so far.

Re: using Vista, I need it for support purposes.  Otherwise, I would've installed XP Pro instead.


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