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Windows 7: Will a 64gb SSD be big enough for...

17 Feb 2012   #1
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Will a 64gb SSD be big enough for...

OS(Windows 7x64 Premium)
BF3
Associated drivers

If so, besides the OS and BF3 what else NEEDS to be installed on the SSD for it to efficient?

One fell into my lap, wondering if I can use it or not.


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17 Feb 2012   #2
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

yeah it'll work, sort of just barely You'll have to nix the hibernate file and watch what you install on the drive but it'll work. 64 gig == 59 gig formatted - 25 or 30 gig for windows you'll have about 30 gig left (after you kill the hiberbate file).

In time you'll probably be fighting to clear space on it all the time though.
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17 Feb 2012   #3
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Kill the hibernate file? How would I do that?

What other files should I install on it? Nvidia drivers, mobo drivers, etc...?
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17 Feb 2012   #4
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

You can turn off the ability to hibernate in the windows settings. If you have 8 gigs of ram it creates an 8 gig hibernate file and uses up 8 gig of your precious SSD (Or you can move it to another drive, but you definitely want it off your SSD).

The 25-30 gig value is for windows and all updates and drivers... What you add after that in programs.. What is BF3? 5? 10? 15? Gig?
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17 Feb 2012   #5
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

As fseal stated...the 64gb will just barely cover it. I would opt for the 128 gb if you can. It's almost double in price but well worth the peace of mind on size limitation.
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17 Feb 2012   #6
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Well, this one was free. And having just bought an Evga 580 gtx 3 gig, I don't have the money right now.
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17 Feb 2012   #7
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

It's certainly worth playing with

Just keep your current installed drive safe, replace it with the SSD, install windows, update, drivers and BF3 and see how you like it! (Specifically, do NOT keep your current working windows C drive in the machine when playing with the SSD, take it out and keep it safe so there are no mistakes)

My guess is your going to HATE going back to the old drive
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17 Feb 2012   #8
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

@fseal, that's a good idea. I'll load all my drivers on my flash drive and give it a shot. Is it possible to install things like media center and media player on one of my other drives? Is there any other fat to trim?
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17 Feb 2012   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

In my experience a bare Windows 7 install is under 20 GB. I have 50 apps installed and my total occupied space is 27 GB.

You can move the page file to another drive and/or reduce its size.

You can also limit or entirely turn off System Restore, which usually takes up 5 or 10 GB if you don't check on it.
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17 Feb 2012   #10
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
In my experience a bare Windows 7 install is under 20 GB. I have 50 apps installed and my total occupied space is 27 GB.

You can move the page file to another drive and/or reduce its size.

You can also limit or entirely turn off System Restore, which usually takes up 5 or 10 GB if you don't check on it.
I would use one of my other drives for page file, for sure.

System restore...
Do you mean Backup and Restore? If so, My main drive, backs up to another drive, not on itself.

Thank you all for your recommendations.
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