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Windows 7: Is 60/64 GB SSD enough for OS ?

31 Mar 2011   #1
fergiet

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Is 60/64 GB SSD enough for OS ?

Hi

I am about to buy an ssd drive that will be used for the OS and applications with data stored on a normal hard drive.

My OS and applications has a size of 48 GB ( and has been up to 53 GB ) so my question is will a 60/64 gb ssd be enough ? Or should I think about 80/100 gb?

Those of you who have an ssd will know so any help welcome. I don't want to buy more than I need.

Thanks


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31 Mar 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'd be antsy about having that little spare space, so I'd go for 80.

However, you may be able to slim things down a bit--turn off hibernation, restrict the amount of space available to System Restore, etc. If you can knock it down to the low 40s, you might risk it, particularly if you don't anticipate any further major software installations. I only use 23 to 27 on my C drive.

I'm in somewhat similar situation, but probably won't be buying an SSD for at least 6 months, maybe a year. I'm trying to hold out till I can get 64 and maybe 80 GB for under $100.
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31 Mar 2011   #3
fergiet

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I'd be antsy about having that little spare space, so I'd go for 80.

However, you may be able to slim things down a bit--turn off hibernation, restrict the amount of space available to System Restore, etc. If you can knock it down to the low 40s, you might risk it, particularly if you don't anticipate any further major software installations. I only use 23 to 27 on my C drive.

I'm in somewhat similar situation, but probably won't be buying an SSD for at least 6 months, maybe a year. I'm trying to hold out till I can get 64 and maybe 80 GB for under $100.

Thanks for that. These two actions reduced usage by 8 gb.

Like you I am not in a hurry to buy so may wait for prices to come down then get an 80gb ssd.

I use an image for backup so turning off system restore is not an issue for me and I never hibernate my pc. It's either on or off.

Thanks.
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31 Mar 2011   #4
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

fergiet

I agree with Ignatzatsonic.

I have been waiting for prices to drop a bit also.
I was looking at the Vertex2. They make a 90, 100 and 120GB. Also smaller and bigger ones.

For myself 80-90 I think would be sufficient and a good size for you.

Just my thoughts.
Mike
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31 Mar 2011   #5
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have an 80GB SSD and it's at about 45-50% utilized. I like having to NOT worry about what I install to the SSD, so I wouldn't suggest going with anything less than 64GB.
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31 Mar 2011   #6
Jaime74656

Windows 10 64bit Ultimate
 
 

Uhhh, you can get windows 7 (i am not sure if its 64 or 32 bit) on a drive as low as 32GB, granted there will be really low space after you get updates, antivirus, firewall software and what ever else you want, but it can be done (i did it my self on a laptop to experiment) but I would not suggest any thing less then 80GB to be safe, 60GB kinda iffy 32GB pushing it
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31 Mar 2011   #7
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I am running a 64 GB SSD in my laptop, and I have Win 7 Pro x64 installed, with all the apps I need and use everyday, using about 20 GB of the space. Check to see how much space you need, and then you'll have your answer.
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31 Mar 2011   #8
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

After checking how much space I would need I would have to get around 100GB SSD.
My question is, excuse my ignorance, but all I would be getting is a faster launch time and what else?
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31 Mar 2011   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Never tried one, but I guess you get faster boot and faster app loading, but not much else for the typical user.

I think the novelty would wear off quickly, given the cost of the things.

I can poke a random Word file (with Word closed) and be reading it within 1.5 seconds, so I'm not sure I'd be overwhelmed if I could be reading it within 1.0 seconds.

Probably some non-typical scenarios in which it would be really advantageous, but none of them apply to me. That's why I'm waiting for considerably cheaper prices. The increases in capacity for SSDs won't impress me until they get to where I can keep all my data on them, and that is a long way off.
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31 Mar 2011   #10
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The hard drive is the slowest link in system performance, so if you up the speed of that part...you up the overall speed (experience) of the system. Please don't take that to mean your gaming performance will yield better FPS, as it won't. The overall system is snappier, boot times are faster, apps and files open faster, etc. On a laptop, not only do you get the performance increases, but you see a small increase in battery life as well, and also a faster resume from hibernate/sleep.
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