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Windows 7: Recommended Partition Size

24 Oct 2009   #1
sd0

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Recommended Partition Size

I have 2 500GB SATA drives. I'm thinking of partitioning one of them. The first partition will have the Windows 7 OS only, the second will be for apps, games, documents, etc. This is what I did on XP and it worked well.

Couple questions:

What is the recommended partition size from experienced users? I used the Windows XP recommended partition size and I found myself with 2 - 6 GB free after a year or so. What are most people comfortable with on Windows 7?

Does it really matter? I want to partition the drives in order to organize my data, but does putting the OS on a separate partition increase/decrease performance? What exactly does it accomplish other than feeding my pseudo OCD?

I was thinking 100 GB for the OS partition. Thoughts?

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24 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sd0 View Post
I have 2 500GB SATA drives. I'm thinking of partitioning one of them. The first partition will have the Windows 7 OS only, the second will be for apps, games, documents, etc. This is what I did on XP and it worked well.

Couple questions:

What is the recommended partition size from experienced users? I used the Windows XP recommended partition size and I found myself with 2 - 6 GB free after a year or so. What are most people comfortable with on Windows 7?

Does it really matter? I want to partition the drives in order to organize my data, but does putting the OS on a separate partition increase/decrease performance? What exactly does it accomplish other than feeding my pseudo OCD?

I was thinking 100 GB for the OS partition. Thoughts?

Welcome to Seven Forums, if that hasn't been said yet...

100G for the OS should be more than sufficient, I've seen articles recommending it as Windows apparently will try to make it 200G, which seems excessive.

As for the benefits of having the OS on a separate drive, this allows you to image the OS and, if necessary, restore it without having to use up backup media for the data portions.

Hope this helps.
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24 Oct 2009   #3

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sd0 View Post
I have 2 500GB SATA drives. I'm thinking of partitioning one of them. The first partition will have the Windows 7 OS only, the second will be for apps, games, documents, etc. This is what I did on XP and it worked well.

Couple questions:

What is the recommended partition size from experienced users? I used the Windows XP recommended partition size and I found myself with 2 - 6 GB free after a year or so. What are most people comfortable with on Windows 7?

Does it really matter? I want to partition the drives in order to organize my data, but does putting the OS on a separate partition increase/decrease performance? What exactly does it accomplish other than feeding my pseudo OCD?

I was thinking 100 GB for the OS partition. Thoughts?
If your in need of the space, it can be 60 - 80 GB.
Mine is 80 GB and there's no crowding.

It's generally accepted to put the OS partition first on the disk, to minimize wear on the HD.

I also put my OS on one partition and my personal files on another.
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24 Oct 2009   #4

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it all depends on what sort of things you are going to install. it's not uncommon these days for individual games to go into the double gigabyte figures.

i've got lots of games installed on my 'rtm' partition, and 100 gb was very nearly all used up.

i've given myself 300 gigs this time (luckily i've also got a new hard drive ), and already empire:total war has taken up 16 gigs.

partition sizes aren't fixed in stone, they are flexible and can be changed at a later date.
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