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Re: Parallels installation question It will take only what it takes. You can set it for the purpose of XP knowing the drive size but the actual image is expandable and you can reclaim space at will. XP thinks mine is 64GB but the actual image with acad, qbooks, office 2010 and Visual Basic 6 is only 20gb. So if you install adobe cs XP still sees the drive as 64 but the actual vm file will grow to 24gb or whatever. Then if you uninstall the image stays 24 and you can run the reclaim space utility to bring it back down to 20.