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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 on 80 GB Hard drive

10 Jul 2010   #1
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 
Installing Windows 7 on 80 GB Hard drive

Well my old hard drive with 750 GB burned down. So i took out a other hard drive with 80 GB. I am currently running on Windows XP. And i was thinking to re-install Windows 7. Is it ok to install it on 80 GB? Or will it have performance issues?

Check systems specs for more information.

NOTE: Hard Drive is not SATA or PATA. Its IDE


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10 Jul 2010   #2
ryo

 
 

yap that's ok..for the hard disc 80Gb, more important for install windows 7 i think is memory but your memory is 2Gb. that's should ok.
and you can check this Windows 7 system requirements - Microsoft Windows
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10 Jul 2010   #3
gregrocker

 

No reason not to try it. Depends of course on how many programs and User files you have.

When you get ahold of second HD, you can move your User folders to it for faster reads from a second laser, to protect your files from OS failure and free up space on OS drive.

Here's a video and tutorial on how it's done:
Data Partition
User Folders - Change Default Location
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10 Jul 2010   #4
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
No reason not to try it. Depends of course on how many programs and User files you have.

When you get ahold of second HD, you can move your User folders to it for faster reads from a second laser, to free up space and protect your files from OS failure.

Here's a video and tutorial on how it's done:
Data Partition
User Folders - Change Default Location
Thanks for the answers, i am still waiting for more people to respond.
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10 Jul 2010   #5
solarmystic

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

I've a secondary desktop PC at home that comes from the 2004 Pentium 4 era that has an 80 GB drive on a SATA 150 connection. Partitioned it to 20 and 60GiBis respectively, installed Windows 7 Pro x32 on the 1st partition, and it flies. RAM usage is surprisingly low. (Only takes up 400-450MBs of RAM at bootup from the 2GB resevoir)
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10 Jul 2010   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Just be aware that Win 7 is going to take up over 50% of the 80 GB. It will not leave much room for anything else. If I were doing it, I would use the 80 GB drive for ONLY Win 7 and get a much bigger drive for all of your programs. It will be much easier that way than moving them later.
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10 Jul 2010   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'd guess that the biggest problem is that the 80 GB drive is probably old--at least 3 years, maybe 5 years.

If that is the case, it is simply going to be slower than a modern drive and performance probably won't be what you expect. Other than that, the size is fine. If it happens to be a modern 80 GB drive, it shouldn't have a performance hit.

A bare installation of Windows 7 Home Premium takes under 10 GB. Fully updated and with a few applications it might take 20 GB. You shouldn't have any space issues.
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11 Jul 2010   #8
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I have installed win7 ultimate on 2 different old Dinosaurs with 40gb IDE HD's with still 50% free space. They are real slow but they work

So if your CPU is reasonably fast & enough RAM memory, it should work ok!
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11 Jul 2010   #9
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Your drive will do the job.
Everybody wants to drive a Ferrari at 150mph these days.
Just sit back and relax in your Ford/Chev at 60mph and enjoy the scenery
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11 Jul 2010   #10
gregrocker

 

I always run maker's full diag/repair CD scan on old HDD's before reinstall: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

Then zero the HD using the same CD or this way: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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