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Windows 7: How much space should i dedicate to a full system image?


12 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
How much space should i dedicate to a full system image?

What whould be the max for a fresh operation system with some apps installed like skype, steam etc


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12 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Raymond,

It will vary wildy from system to system, but with just the basics you could expect a system image to need at minimum around 20 GB.

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Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Sep 2012   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I have about 30 GB occupied on an 80 GB C drive. Macrium images of that drive are typically about 10 to 12 GB in size, with the default compression level. I used EaseUS imaging for a while and as I recall it produced files of about the same size.

I'm not sure what the built-in Windows tools uses.

Many people keep multiple images. I normally have 3 of various ages totaling around 35 GB, so you might want to allow for more than a single image. I'd just keep them on another drive---no need for a separate "images" partition or anything like that.
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13 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I'd just keep them on another drive---no need for a separate "images" partition or anything like that.
Critical point right there, if you're wanting to ensure the ability to recover after a complete failure of the drive itself.
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