I am trying to understand how you need to set things up when trying to run Windows from a Mac (using Bootcamp / Parallels). I understand the differences in terms of Bootcamp requiring you to choose at bootup versus running side by side with Parallels but I want to understand the implications around HD and RAM.
So lets say I buy a Mac with 512 GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM. I see that if you want to install windows, you need to partition and allocation memory and disk space for Windows.
On Windows I would need to run:
- SQL Server 2008
- Visual Studio 2010
- Microsoft Office and a few other pieces of propriety software
So my questions are:
How do i decide how much space is allocated to Windows and once I decide that, can I change it in the future? I was thinking about allocated 100GB to Windows which seems like it should cover me.
How do i decide what RAM is allocated to Windows. Can I change that on the fly in the future after that decision? Once I do this (lets say i allocate 8GB of RAM to windows), either through BootCamp or Parallels, does that mean that my Mac only will be able to leverage 8GB (since i have a total of 16GB) regardless if I am running Windows at that time or it only "takes" 8GB away when i start up windows.