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How much partition size for Windows 7?

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by Nocturnal310, Feb 7, 2009.

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  1. Nocturnal310

    Nocturnal310 Notebook Virtuoso

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    hi guys..reading the posts here and feel like i gotta try it!

    what is the optimal partition size i ll need?
     
  2. fluffboy

    fluffboy Notebook Evangelist

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    if your gonna just test it out 30gb is a nice partition size
     
  3. dbam987

    dbam987 wicked-poster

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    30 GB or more is recommended, but it is possible to install W7 on a disk that has only 16 GB too (like on some netbooks).
     
  4. eleron911

    eleron911 HighSpeedFreak

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    That`s good to know, I`ll install it in a few days. Appart from the mp3 patch, is there anything else I need to instal with it ?
     
  5. fluffboy

    fluffboy Notebook Evangelist

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    just run windows update as soon as you install it and your good to go :D
    just make sure you use the latest graphics driver from nvidia/ati or which ever you have.
     
  6. Slaughterhouse

    Slaughterhouse Knock 'em out!

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    Yeah I used a 30GB partition.
     
  7. booboo12

    booboo12 Notebook Prophet

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    I have a 20 GB one and it works well. :)
     
  8. Apollo13

    Apollo13 Vista Downgrader

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    I have Win7 on an 18 GB partition and it is perfectly happy, even 8 GB in pagefiles/hibernation files. But I install most of my programs to a seperate partition.

    The installer told me it needed, IIRC, 8.666 GB of space to install at a minimum when I selected a drive with about 2 GB of space to install it on. Not counting pagefile.sys or hiberfil.sys, my Win7 is using a bit less than 8 GB of space now with most things set up, so 9 GB as an absolute minimum sounds about right.
     
  9. HTWingNut

    HTWingNut Mostly Harmless...

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    8.666GB! Holy CRAP!

    Wow, how things have changed. I think you only need like 500MB min for XP. I know XP is *OLD* by software terms but that's a tremendous amount of files. What could be needed for an _OS_ to take up 9GB!??
     
  10. Jibe

    Jibe Notebook Guru

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    So if you install things to a separate partition, can you run them from there?
     
  11. Apollo13

    Apollo13 Vista Downgrader

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    Yes, you can. Sometimes you have to select the "Custom install" option to be able to choose where you install to, but almost all programs will work just fine from any install location. There are a few rogue ones (such as AIM) that install to C:\ without asking, though, so leave a bit of space for them.

    I'm now of the mind that the amount of space Windows 7 uses actually varies highly between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. 64-bit, as I mentined earlier, used about 8 GB of space after install and has slowly increased to 8.38 GB at present. However, I just installed 32-bit on a virtual machine, and it uses quite a bit less:

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    4.78 GB! Memory usage was also much lower - with 1 GB to the VM, it was using nearly exactly 300 MB. Still worse than XP, but very reasonable. This is after disabling the pagefile, and without hibernation, but it does show Win7 operating on less than 5 GB of hard drive space.

    32-bit also reported a much lower figure - about 5.55 GB - as the minimum requirement in the installation program. So I'm drawn to the conclusion that Win7 32-bit is much more lean in terms of requirements than Win7 64-bit. Perhaps that's another reason why there's still a 32-bit version of Win7.

    Earlier I did some tests of how Win7 fared with various amounts of memory allocated, from 256 MB through 4096 MB. I may repeat these tests with Win7 32-bit, as it already appears to use much less memory. It won't be quite the same considering it's in a VM, but hopefully it'll still prove helpful. It also is a somewhat more attractive prospect since I can keep doing stuff in XP while it restarts rather than not being able to use the computer while timing it. But it'll have to wait for now - I've got my processor heavily limited for battery life, and that has a pretty adverse affect on the Win7 VM performance.

    The point of the 32-bit VM, for those interested, was so I could access Win7 while running XP. But I'm interested to see that it has made Microsoft's resource-requirement claims seem much more plausible. And this is the Ultimate version!

    edit: I don't know what that floppy drive is doing in Win7. I guess it found the virtual floppy drive in the Sun virtual machine. Good to know that it still has floppy support I suppose.
     
  12. Jibe

    Jibe Notebook Guru

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    So I have a bunch of programs I installed to my C: drive a while back on Vista, so can I run them while in Windows 7 (I think I can if I understand you correctly) and if I can how do I do it, just with a shortcut or what?
     
  13. Apollo13

    Apollo13 Vista Downgrader

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    No, or at least, probably not. If you install Windows 7, and then install your programs (in Windows 7) to a different partition, you can run them. Example:

    You install Windows 7 to C:\. You install your programs to E:\. They'll run fine.

    What I think you mean now, is your drives are like this:

    C:\ has Vista, and your programs installed.
    D:\ has Win7 (although Win7 probably calls this C:\).

    You want to try to run your programs that are on C:\ and were installed with Vista on Windows 7 without reinstalling them, right? That will not, generally speaking, work. Pretty much any program that depends on registry settings to run will not work in this manner. However, some programs do work just fine in this fashion. For those programs, you just need to create a shortcut (whether on the desktop or Start menu is up to you) to the .exe file that starts that program.

    In my experience about half of programs work correctly in this manner, and they tend to be the ones with less stringent registration and DRM (but not always). Which ones of yours will work without reinstallation you'll just have to find out by trial and error. It can be a nice space saver, though.
     
  14. THAANSA3

    THAANSA3 Exit Stage Left

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    I've always heard that anything between 25-30 should suffice.
     
  15. Hualsay

    Hualsay Notebook Evangelist

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    Yup I suggest 30GB or more thats if your going to test it out, if your going to use it as a primary then definitely more than that.
     
  16. ivar

    ivar Notebook Deity

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    I installed my W7 on 14.5 GB test partition, because 12GB were recommended. However, W7 actually takes less than 6 GB. It's a few yrs old pre-vista centrino laptop.
     
  17. HTWingNut

    HTWingNut Mostly Harmless...

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    So how is this supposed to be friendly to netbooks? I thought part of W7 was to reduce total file size, and be friendly to netbooks?
     
  18. ivar

    ivar Notebook Deity

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    Some clever ppl r Vliting W7 for their netbooks:
    http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=57434
     
  19. HTWingNut

    HTWingNut Mostly Harmless...

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    Thanks for the link! But my point was I thought out of the box it was supposed to be netbook friendly, and having an 8GB footprint isn't.
     
  20. Matt

    Matt Notebook Deity

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    Well who knows how much space the netbook version of W7 will take up. We're all reporting W7 Ultimate sizes.
     
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