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Windows 7: Will windows ever need 1tb or more drive space

01 Oct 2013   #11
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The last time I did a full install with SP1 and all updates, board and hardware drivers, disabled Hibernate, set Restore space to 5% of a 256GB SSD, the install was 15.6GB, no software other than security.


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02 Oct 2013   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

durango1 I presume after all those post you understand it's not Windows 7 using up all that hard drive. Could give us one of these so we can take a look.

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02 Oct 2013   #13
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

No I have windows installed on a 60gb ssd drive with a couple apps and have 25gbs free. You can free up space by moving restore points or img's to a 2nd drive. Also disabling hibernate if you don't use it will free drive space. You really only would need 1tb if you have a lot of big apps like games or other media files. I keep all my games , other big apps and music and movies. Also my img backups and restore points on my spare 500gb hdd. I say for windows alone with a couple apps a 60gb drive is the size I would recommend for a windows install though I've installed win7 on 40 gb drives with about 15 Gbs to spare like on my bros hdd.
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02 Oct 2013   #14
dwarfer66

 

My windows partition includeds ALL my apps, not games takes up on 57mb. And I have quite a few BIG apps.
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02 Oct 2013   #15
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BrightBlessings View Post
Page file and system restore can chew up a bit of space, these things can easily be remedied to free up more drive space.
That's for sure. With 32gb of memory, I end up with a 32gb swap file. Moved it off the C: drive though.

Like most replies here, with ALL apps, including one which is 15gb on it's own, my total consumption for Windows and apps is only 33gb.
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02 Oct 2013   #16
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Disc Space Analyser

My install W7 Ultimate (64 bit) uses ~25GB, which includes:
  • Office 2007 (~1 GB)
  • VMware Workstation 7 (~3 GB)
  • ~60 other programs.
My user files are stored on separate partitions (e.g. Documents, Pictures, Downloads, Music & Videos).

Try using a disc space analyser like WinDirStat to work out what is using up your HDD space.
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

I use the analyser that comes with Glary Utilities.
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03 Oct 2013   #17
Abhishek1108

Windows 7 Professional x64 Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

You must have some heavy softwares eating space and documents in Libraries
Try cleaning your recycle bin.
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03 Oct 2013   #18
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
My install W7 Ultimate (64 bit) uses ~25GB, which includes:
  • Office 2007 (~1 GB)
  • VMware Workstation 7 (~3 GB)
  • ~60 other programs.
My user files are stored on separate partitions (e.g. Documents, Pictures, Downloads, Music & Videos).

Try using a disc space analyser like WinDirStat to work out what is using up your HDD space.
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

I use the analyser that comes with Glary Utilities.
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I much prefer Glary's analyzer to WinDirStat. In fact, I never could make any sense of WinDirStat (being color blind doesn't help).
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