Windows 7 install & space required.

Phantum

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The minimum reqs for HD space are 16GB for 32bit and 20GB for 64bit. I am currently running Win7 Home Premium 64bit and was thinking about picking up a PQI 32GB MLC SSD from a buddy on the cheap :D

However I'm wondering if that will be sufficient space for Win7, Office & a few steam games? Anyone know approx. how much space Win7 eats on a fresh install?
 

W.Feather

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im pretty sure that 20GB is the fresh install space :) atleast on my system 20 GB is "missing" even though the whole drive was setup to be used, has been since I installed in on October 23 .... so I would say that 32GB should be fine for that.
 

hedron

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I got Win7 RC on a 10GB partition. Assuming you have another drive for storage that should be plenty. Although, I'm not sure how big those steam games you want to install are.
 

SicKlown42012

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My Windows install is only taking 15GB, so 32GB is enough. Though, I do have all my user files(My Documents, My Pictures, and the like) moved to a separate HDD. The 20GB recommendation is just Microsoft covering their ass. Gotta be conservative when dealing with such a large market. I have Office on my C: but not Steam. But seeing as I still have a ton of room, I'd say you could fit 2 or more games, depending on how much room they take.
 

shmo007

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Random question that seems kind of appropriate for here. Assume both examples are on the 300GB WD Raptor:

Example A - 20 GB OS install on a 25 GB partition.
Example B - 20 GB OS install on a 100 GB partition.

Basically, what I am wondering, is if it makes a difference in performance if a certain percentage of free space is used up?
 

Zepher

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Windows 7 RC and Professional 32bit installed on an 8GB SSD in my Dell Mini 9. Used 6GB for the installs.
When I installed a 16GB SSD and Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit, it used 9.5GB for the install.
 

Outrager

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I'm getting a new computer soon and will only have 1 750GB WD Black hard drive. I would like to make 2 partitions so it's easier to reformat once in awhile without having to erase all my data (just the windows partition).
So my question is, how big should I make the Windows 7 partition? I was thinking 60gb out of the 750gb, but is that too much?
 
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