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Windows 7: How large should I make the system drive (on 500gb HDD)

28 Sep 2009   #11

Windows 7 RC 7100

If 7 is anything like Vista, the 64bit version needs much more disk space than the 32bit version. I would not install 64bit 7 on anything less than 100GB.

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28 Sep 2009   #12
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W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ddeen View Post
If 7 is anything like Vista, the 64bit version needs much more disk space than the 32bit version. I would not install 64bit 7 on anything less than 100GB.
Since when? The actual Windows installation of the 64bit RC took about 7-8gb here. It's when you starting installing all your programs, creating new folders or even entire directories as well as downloading and keeping files locally on the OS primary itself you start to see drive space taken up.

On the present 7 host out of the totall usable 465gb drive space 431gb is already used up at this time on a 500gb model drive. With the 32bit Vista I easily run into a 420gb used dilemna sometime back working with video files.

The MS recommended minimum is 16gb for both the 32bit and 64bit editions of 7. Yet the 64bit Windows keeps more data in the active ram seeing less swapped out to the drive by way of the paging file there.

A smaller paging file as a result of that helps make up for the 1+gb more seen when installing the 64bit 7. You can see from that the bare Windows installation won't be the thing that really eats a drive up fast!
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