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Windows 7: What Size SSD for Just Windows 7?

23 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
What Size SSD for Just Windows 7?

Hi all

I want to get a solid state drive for just Windows 7.

What size would you recommend for this, obviously allowing for the other files that Windows 7 picks up through routine running?

All other programs will be stored on a second drive.

Many thanks

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23 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You are defeating the purpose of getting an SSD. Get one large enough to install Windows 7 and your applications. The sweet spot right now, cost-wise, is the 128 GB drives. Only you can decide if that's big enough or not.
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23 Jul 2012   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Windows 7 with all updates is roughly 20 GB.

Some people use SSDs as small as 40 GB. I use 80, of which only 28 is occupied.

But you are much better off putting as many applications as possible on the SSD--as well as Windows. SSDs are much cheaper than a year ago, so I'd get one large enough to hold most or all programs.

Depending on your setup, that might take 40 GB and it might take 100 GB.

Games can be put on a standard HDD.

You are really limiting the advantages of an SSD if you refuse to put applications on it.
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23 Jul 2012   #4
whs

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All my desktop SSDs are 60GB. I keep the OS and ALL programs on the SSD. User data is on the HDD. The pagefile is set to 2GB and the hiberfile to 0GB. I also always have one virtual partition for Windows 8 or Ubuntu (both virtual systems used more or less as test systems - not many programs installed). My minimum freespace is 25GB.
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23 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

128 Gb is a decent size. The 128 Gb model will also be faster than the 64 Gb models, in most cases.
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23 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

The biggest complaint I read about SSD's is: I wish I would of got a bigger one.
I suggest buying the biggest one your pocket book will allow. I have 50 gigs used on my 120 gb SSD.
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23 Jul 2012   #7
whs

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Hmm, true - bigger is better, but also more expensive.

When I bought my first SSD over 4 years ago, I paid abour $250 for a 60GB Vertex. So I got into the habit of using the 60GB size (except for the laptops). And I never had any problems with that size - never ran out of space. But now, the SSDs are so cheap that even I would consider 128GB.
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23 Jul 2012   #8

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

I agree with everything said here.

From what I've seen Win 7 32 bit uses a lot less space than Win 7 64 bit. (my guess is 10 GB)

I also read a RUMOR that Intel will be slashing SSD prices 25% soon (within a month)...
If that's true, maybe it will shake up the SSD prices...

I recently bought (my first) a 120 GB SSD, and i would not consider anything less than 60 GB...

I see WHS just posted about costs, so for some perspective ...
I just bought a 120GB OCZ Vertex3 for $80 USD...
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23 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

There are "Deal" sites and forums that keep close watch on SSD prices/sales/rebates They may be your best bet for the best bargain.
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23 Jul 2012   #10
whs

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spencer1 View Post
There are "Deal" sites and forums that keep close watch on SSD prices/sales/rebates They may be your best bet for the best bargain.
Right, we have one like this where SSDs are very often quoted: http://www.sevenforums.com/chillout-...ls-day-26.html
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