How much HD space does Vista take up?

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  1. radigast

    radigast Notebook Enthusiast

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    As the title says, I'm curious as to how much HD space a clean Vista install takes up. This is before ANYTHING but Vista is installed on the computer. Just curious.

    Thanks!

    *Edit: By Vista, I mean the Ultimate edition, if that makes any difference.
     
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    yuio NBR Assistive Tec. Tec.

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    15 GB

    according to MS.
     
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    AndyNJ Notebook Geek

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    Yeah, it's about 15gb. It's way too much.
     
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    Tinderbox (UK) Sir Pumpkin Longshanks

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    so is vista on a dual layer dvd 8.6gb compressed?

    regards.

    John.
     
  5. Matt

    Matt Notebook Deity

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    I could see how it would be a problem on say... a 40/60GB HDD, but since most of today's computers are being sold with 80/100/120/160+GB HDD, I don't think it's much of a problem.
     
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    yuio NBR Assistive Tec. Tec.

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    espcially on the desktop

    yup, Its on a DVD
     
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    JadedRaverLA Notebook Deity

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    15 GB is minimum amount of free space required by Vista's installer. That's deifferent than how much space the final install takes up.

    Realize that the DVD install disc for 32-bit is around 2.8 GB and the 64-bit DVD disc is around 3.5 GB -- nowhere near 15 GB (and they include something like 1200 MB of driver files that don't get installed, plus videos and other media). Once installed, the core Vista files take up a little over 6 GB (plus space for the swap file).

    The additional space requirement is due to the way Vista installs (by copying an image over to your hard drive, and then extracting the image). Once installed, you get that space back.
     
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    wave Notebook Virtuoso

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    Vista needs alot of space when installing. Up to 11gb i heared. But after install is done my Vista Business uses 5.8GB. That is the size of my windows folder. There was an artical about this on the german version of THG.
    Link to article Festplatte is the Space used on the Disk after a clean install. Windows Verzeichnis is the size of the windows folder. It is for the German version which might have have extra language files but wont matter too much.
     
  9. MichaelAngelo21

    MichaelAngelo21 Newbie

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    My HD is 100 gb. My installed programs total 1.7 gb (MS Office 2003, Adobe reader etc). But my C drive only shows 25 gb left of a total of 67 gb!!!! So would that mean that of the 100 gb, 23 gb was used up by Windows VIsta Ultimate????? Also, my total installed programs is 1.7 gb but I only hav 25 gb left of the 67 gb of my HD. What gives???
     
  10. Harper2.0

    Harper2.0 Back from the dead?

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    your computer might have a hidden recovery partition...and it's advertised as a 100gb, but in reality its not 100gb, it's less....my "250gb" hdd really only has a formatted capacity of 232gb.
     
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