Bootcamp Partitions Clarification

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Hi all,
I've read a lot about setting up partitions when running Windows via Bootcamp. As I understand it (and I could be completely wrong), you're basically splitting your hard drive into two chunks ans aying, "This chunk belongs to OSX", and "This chunk belongs to Windows."

But I'm a little confused about a couple of things, and would appreciate some clarification as I try to figure out what the ideal stats for a potential MacBook would be:

1. Do you have to partition your RAM too? I've seen comments about needing a certain amount of RAM if you're going to be running Windows, but I can't imagine why you would need to split RAM between the two.

2. I've read that you can access files from either partition, no matter which OS you're running. If this is true, what's the point of a partition in the first place? Can you only save to the partition belonging to the OS you're running, but can open files from both?

Thanks in advance for any info!

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Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

You cannot split ram. so it's all or nothing. You are thinkign of vertualisation.

Also YOu can read both partitions but you cannor write to both. I have though managed to have thsi come in handy.

I had a big mp3 file on my mac partition I had forgotten about. I was booted in to windows. so I coppied and pasted the mp3 from my mac to windows partition and did what I needed to do.

I hope that helps.

Submitted by Joseph Westhouse on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Very helpful. Thank you so much!

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