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Windows 7: Reinstall Windows 7 Home SSD or Regular HD?

17 Nov 2012   #11
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

A regular, clean install of Win7 takes anywhere from 12-16GB. 20GB with drivers and all windows updates. If you have 10GB of just programs/applications alone, get a bigger drive. All of your other data needs to be on the HDD. As whs said above, disable hibernation and get rid of the file, and also lower your pagefile to something more reasonable. Just enough for Blue Screen dumps would be just fine.

The users folder, which includes Documents, downloads, pictures, music, videos, etc, should be remapped to your Hard Drive as none of that benefits from being on an SSD, and all it does it eat up space. I'm not even using 40GB on my SSD and I have Win7 Pro, all the programs I'll ever need, and some that I need to get rid of probably, and a couple of games. 32gb is cutting it close, but with some planning is very doable.


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17 Nov 2012   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
A regular, clean install of Win7 takes anywhere from 12-16GB. 20GB with drivers and all windows updates. If you have 10GB of just programs/applications alone, get a bigger drive. All of your other data needs to be on the HDD. As whs said above, disable hibernation and get rid of the file, and also lower your pagefile to something more reasonable. Just enough for Blue Screen dumps would be just fine.

The users folder, which includes Documents, downloads, pictures, music, videos, etc, should be remapped to your Hard Drive as none of that benefits from being on an SSD, and all it does it eat up space. I'm not even using 40GB on my SSD and I have Win7 Pro, all the programs I'll ever need, and some that I need to get rid of probably, and a couple of games. 32gb is cutting it close, but with some planning is very doable.
I currently use 40GB too - but that includes a vBox virtual machine with Windows 8. Windows 7 alone is about 25GB.
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18 Nov 2012   #13
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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32 GB is really too small for Windows 7. You will run out of room almost imediately.
Even 60GB would require most data to be placed on another disk.
Not true. If you move the user data to the HDD, 32GB is plenty for the OS. Even with a LOT of programs, the system should not go over 25GB. What you need to do is disable the hiberfile and set the pagefile to 2GB.
My comment was based on my experiences with a number of installations.
I believe the results will speak for itself.
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18 Nov 2012   #14
Snag

Windws 7 Home 32 bit
 
 

I got a hybrid drive so I am trying to figure out the optimal way, thinking about just installing Windows in SSD and everything else in HDD.

Couldn't figure out how to use the damn Intel Rapid Storage Technology thing...
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18 Nov 2012   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
32 GB is really too small for Windows 7. You will run out of room almost imediately.
Even 60GB would require most data to be placed on another disk.
Not true. If you move the user data to the HDD, 32GB is plenty for the OS. Even with a LOT of programs, the system should not go over 25GB. What you need to do is disable the hiberfile and set the pagefile to 2GB.
My comment was based on my experiences with a number of installations.
I believe the results will speak for itself.
I appreciate what say. But I have 6 SSDs and on all of them my OS takes about 25GBs - and that with a good collection of programs.
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18 Nov 2012   #16
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snag View Post
I got a hybrid drive so I am trying to figure out the optimal way, thinking about just installing Windows in SSD and everything else in HDD.

Couldn't figure out how to use the damn Intel Rapid Storage Technology thing...
You need to put your programs on the same partition as the Win 7. The programs need to write to the registry.
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18 Nov 2012   #17
Snag

Windws 7 Home 32 bit
 
 

Would it be better to install Windows 7 on HDD and set the 30gb SSD as a Cache drive?

I am trying to wrap my head around the Intel Rapid Storage Technology, when I reinstalled windows to the HDD, it only sets up SSD as a Cache drive, while it is suppose to use about 20GB is a Cache drive and 10GB as a Data drive.

Mine looks like this:
View image: SDC11483


Supposed to look like:
http://en.community.dell.com/cfs-fil...Acc_5F00_3.png

Notice it suppose to split the SSD into Cache and Data drive...can't figure out how to do that....
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18 Nov 2012   #18
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snag View Post
Would it be better to install Windows 7 on HDD and set the 30gb SSD as a Cache drive?
You have enough run to put Win 7 and quite a few programs on your SSD. Using the SSD for a cache is not using it to its full advantage.
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