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Windows 7: New drive C SSD size requirements

19 Nov 2018   #1
Aidan1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
New drive C SSD size requirements

Hi all

I'm looking to replace my very full Windows C drive with a larger SSD drive. It needs to have space for all Windows updates, MS Office and its updates and game files in My Documents folder. ***What size SSD should I buy to allow space for all this?*** (My current C drive is compressed and has run out of space for more Windows updates and MS Office updates and its used space is about 82GB). I'm using C Cleaner

Many thanks

Aidan


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19 Nov 2018   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum. The price has fallen now a 480 gig is only 56 smaller ones sent that much cheaper
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19 Nov 2018   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You are talking about your desktop, don't you?
You probably have a HDD

My suggestion:
- Use your actual SSD for Windows and programs. Windows and programs don't use more than 80G.
- Use a HDD only for data.

You'll have the speed of a SSD and the space of a HDD.

Use Kari tutorial to move C:\users to D:\users
Relocate Users
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19 Nov 2018   #4
Aidan1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for your ideas.

Unfortunately an SSD where I live in South Africa will probably be much more expensive than in the UK or US, and I have a limited budget for it! I'm pretty sure they are a luxury here!

I want to get a new SSD that is easily big enough for Windows, Windows updates and system software like MS Office, I dont need it for anything else since I have a HDD for games and other software.

I would like to get a SSD that will easily be big enough (and never run out of space) but not very large since that would be a waste of money. **Any ideas on what size I should go for?**

Many thanks

Aidan
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19 Nov 2018   #5
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

I wold say you don't need a new SSD.
How big is your current SSD?

I have a 128G and it has Windows and Linux. Data is on a HDD.
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19 Nov 2018   #6
Aidan1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

My current SSD is 96GB, it was bought in 2012, and is now quite slow (no trim is available for it).
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19 Nov 2018   #7
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

As I wrote before your SSD is big enough for Windows and programs if you use a SSD for data.
In my case I have a 128G SSD (one 85G partition for Windows and programs and 43G for Lubuntu) and a 1T HDD for data.
Is important to say that C:\users have been moved to D:\Users and that Virtual memory and temporary folders also has been relocated to D:



- TRIM
Type this cmd
fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify

It will give you one of two results, either a 0 or a 1. A zero indicates that TRIM is enabled correctly, a one means that it is not. If you have a TRIM-compatible SSD, but find that Windows 7 hasn't enabled the command, you can easily do so by running this command:

fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0
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20 Nov 2018   #8
Aidan1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hi Megahertz

Thanks for your suggestions. I did try your suggestion about fsutil but got a message saying the utility requires administrator privaleges. I previously spoke to Kingston and downloaded a trim utility but it didn't work on my SSD as it is an old model.

I've been worried about my SSD for a while as the free space available has been declining for over a year, despite my attempts to clear space on the drive. The other day it got down to 7GB! I cleared some space and ran check disk and managed to get it back up to 12 GB but this is still less than it should be since I haven't installed any new software to C and have cleared quite a bit of space! I also checked back on my old check disk reports and sure enough the available space on C is less on each subsequent check!

I'm going to try compressing 82 GB of space on my HDD (the same amount of space as is used on my compressed C drive). Once I've got the compressed files on the HDD to equal 82GB then I'll try decompressing them. I can then see how much space the decompressed files take. That should give me a good idea of how much space I'll need on a new SSD to clone my current SSD onto!

I checked prices and I can afford a 120GB SSD.

Aidan
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20 Nov 2018   #9
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

To run the fsutil, open the CMD as admin (right click - Run as administrator).
Select and copy the line command and paste it on the CMD window.

Why you going to buy a 128G SSD if the one you have is all you need?

How big is your HDD and how much free space it has?
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20 Nov 2018   #10
Aidan1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I ran Fsutil and got a 0, you said a zero indicates that TRIM is enabled correctly.

As I already said the SSD I have is as slow (as a HDD), and is only 96GB. The free space on the drive fluctuates and drops for no apparent reason. My Computer said there was 7GB free space, so I deleted a 1GB game folder on My Documents, and ran check disk. My Computer then said I had 12 GB free space!
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