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Windows 7: Do I need 8 gig just to host virtual OS's?


30 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 
Do I need 8 gig just to host virtual OS's?

I am new to Virtual Box and was setting up openSUSE just to try it out.

The wizard then seems to tell me that I must have 8 gig of space....

Is that correct?

Thanks!



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30 Oct 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Yep. Its the same with Vbox. Note its recommended space - best to follow the recommendation.

Regards,
Golden
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30 Oct 2011   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I usually allocate 20GB. But since it is dynamically allocated (at least that is your choice), it does not really matter. It uses only as much as needed.
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30 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The files always start out small and grow to a max of whatever you set. So, I usually set it to something like 60-80GB to ensure that I have enough space. It's rare they ever go over 5GB.
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30 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 + Xubuntu 11.10 + Mac OS X 10.7
 
 

I would have to agree with whs on this one. In fact, when I first saw this thread title, i thought you were talking RAM, Which is my main issue with VMs
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30 Oct 2011   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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i thought you were talking RAM, Which is my main issue with VMs
Virtual Box works perfectly well if you give it 1GB of RAM - especially with Linux as a guest. I have done that on a system with a total of 3GB of RAM and am very happy with the performance of the Windows7 host and the Ubuntu guest.
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30 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 + Xubuntu 11.10 + Mac OS X 10.7
 
 

Well, I Have Windows 7 as the guest, and I find myself having to close out apps just to free up that much. But I manage.
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