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Windows 7: disk space for WIn7 install

21 Nov 2009   #1
RogerR

 
 
disk space for WIn7 install

I typically install my OS on a small partition and keep all the data and programs elsewhere. In this case Win7 is on a 20GB partition of the C: drive.

XP never seemed to need more, however, 7 it has already consumed 19GB of that and wants more ... What to do? I really am not up for a complete reinstall, so my choices seem to be to keep that partition very lean and hope for the best, or convert the disk to a dynamic drive, so I can increase the space available.

Any thoughts?


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21 Nov 2009   #2
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Most of the space is consumed by System Restore and Previous Versions, configurable to how much space they take up.
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21 Nov 2009   #3
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

You wouldn't need to convert the drive, if you used Acronis Disk Director Suite. I'm sure that there are alternatives, but this is the only one I'm famliar with.
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22 Nov 2009   #4
RogerR

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Most of the space is consumed by System Restore and Previous Versions, configurable to how much space they take up.
Configurable how? Can I move them elsewhere?
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22 Nov 2009   #5
RogerR

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
You wouldn't need to convert the drive, if you used Acronis Disk Director Suite. I'm sure that there are alternatives, but this is the only one I'm famliar with.
Seems like I have Partition Magic around here somewhere, though I'm reluctant to go to third party solutions as they always seem to add a layer somewhere and I've become a firm adherent to the KISS principle in my dotage.
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22 Nov 2009   #6
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

As far as I know, you can't move the system Restore to a different location, but you can control the size of it with the Configure button of the System Protection tab of System Properties.
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22 Nov 2009   #7
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I haven't used it before, but there is a resizing option when you right click an active volume in Disk Management, and I'm not using dynamic disks.
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22 Nov 2009   #8
kellymac35

WINDOWS 7 Ultimate x64 Full
 
 

You can do a Right click on C, disc clean up, then look for the tab more options. Systems restore will gobble alot of space with shadow copys. You can delete all but the last image taken. I was able to free 40 gigs this way. but I don't think you will ever be happy with 7 allocated to just 20 gigs. I did the RC with 30 and still needed more
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22 Nov 2009   #9
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Be careful limiting the space that you allow System Restore to use. You will be altering the number of restore points you can have and therefore how far back in time you would be able to go. Safety says let it have what it wants.
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22 Nov 2009   #10
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Quote:
I typically install my OS on a small partition and keep all the data and programs elsewhere. In this case Windows 7 is on a 20GB partition of the C: drive.
Windows 7 needs at least a 50GB partition. If you use XP Mode, you'll need about 70GB

I use GParted to configure my first partition space, because Windows 7 will not allow you to shrink the partition to that smaller size.
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