Paragon CampTuneParagon CampTune is a commercial product that is designed expressly for this task. http://www.paragon-software.com/home/camptune/ It consists of a downloadable ISO that needs to be burned to a disc and booted from in order to resize the partitions costs US$19.95.
Securing Dual-System Configuration
Imaging is still the most affordable and robust way to secure computer data. Unfortunately Mac OS X backs up only HFS+ volumes, leaving Windows with dual-system configurations unsecured. You can permanently lose all of your data unless you have a Windows-compatible backup solution.
Paragon’s CampTune and Paragon’s Drive Copy for Mac can secure the entire dual-system configuration. CampTune creates traditional images of volumes or entire hard disks, Drive Copy can copy them to other disks. In case of an emergency, you can restore the previously created image or copy all your data back to its original state.
I had noticed in an earlier discussion that someone claimed CampTune didn't work for MacBookPro. Seems doubtful to me, but I just wondered if you've heard of many problems with CampTune?
I've noticed that you are a huge fan of CampTune, yet so many people have partition problems, and few others recommend CampTune. Please forgive my doubt -- I'm new to all this and CampTune sounds too good to be true...? Did you create CampTune or what? ;-)
On a semi-related note, right now with only Windows installed, I have 131 GB free out of 149 GB partitioned. I want to install 6 Windows softwares requiring a total of 24 GB hard disk space (per their system requirements) (AutoCAD, CS, Revit, Rhino, Office, Sketchup). I think then I'll have 108 GB free, or roughly 2/3 of the space free. I think this is ample space...????
On the Mac side I currently have 89 GB free out of 159 GB partitioned.
Thank you so much for your help!
I confess. I use a lot of the products from Paragon but never needed to use CampTune but those that have came back and said it worked, none had problems unless they created havoc with their partitions from adding and making changes to the partiton tables that are not supported.
Paragon supports Boot Camp. They also support OS X too.
Camptune does more than just resize and in what I think is logical manner and w/o the issues of WinClone 3. I never got Acronis w/ Plus Pak to work but maybe that has changed since 2009. Basically I looked at and bought a number of programs until I settled on Paragon for cloning and management of disks and operating systems.
I am a fan of planning ahead. Of reading instructions too.
Windows 7 64-bit needs about 48GB to live and function. Throw in some extra overhead (24GB to upgrade to Windows 8 for instance), add in 24-48GB for your applications to be installed and have room -
the only question is data and whether than will reside elsewhere. A system runs better if it has a lot of data files if they are not on the boot drive.
I go for 50% generally with OS X.
Why do you want to do anything? you don't seem to need to reallocate in any way.
Welllll, embarassing to admit, but when I was partitioning, it got to the point where I had to decide how to allocate, I hadn't thought about that, so I impulsively selected the 50-50 option, naively thinking that I'd be able to adjust later if necessary. Later I thought about it and realized it might not be so easy, and started trying to figure it out...
I don't want to do anything if I don't have to. However, if I screwed up yesterday by sizing my partitions 50%-50%, I thought it might be wiser to fix it now, before I install and use all my windows software...
I don't know how many files I'll have -- I'm just about to start interior design school next week so I'm getting set up. Getting an education in technology so far!
Thanks again. You are definitely giving back to the community!
The ideal setup even for Mac but also Windows goes something like this - and I prefer mid size tower - with Thunderbolt or an SATA external port:
128-240GB SSD to hold just the OS and applications
Data drive: can be anything you need, from 2nd SSD to 2TB to a collection of 4x2TB in an array for editing and 8TB of fast storage
Backup drive. Windows 8 File History is there in the background saving file history changes, room for system images
I like having system images. No matter what OS. CampTune helps there. They have OS X Rescue or there is Carbon Copy Cloner to maintain and keep a bootable copy of OS X and Recovery partition. Also save the OS X installer ESD package and don't let it get wiped and deleted for future use to avoid redownload delays etc. Even if you have 150GB monthly cap (5GB a day) which are becoming more common as users also move up to FIOS.
You can never have too many backups, and they are only as good as practice sessions to use and walk through how - disasters are always different than what you expect. Fire drills still help.
Most people with a question like yours went and made Windows so tiny that it cannot function and lacks space. And then there are those that just need a larger hard drive if they hope to do anything (even too small for what they have now).