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    Default Re: How much HD space does Vista take up?

    the "windows" folder in a new installed system should be about 7-8GB,
    page file is about 1.5 times of your ram,
    hibernation file is the same size as your ram,
    some vista build-in software, like sidebar, windows calendar, etc, should take at least 500 MB

    I have 2GB ram, so my fresh installed vista is about 12 GB (7GB+3GB+2GB)

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    Default Re: How much HD space does Vista take up?

    Quote Originally Posted by harpreet1988 View Post
    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.
    because the ADs calculate 1GB as 1000MB, 1MB as 1000KB, 1KB as 1000B
    but the computers calculate 1GB as 1024 MB, 1MB as 1024KB, 1KB as 1024B

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    Default Re: How much HD space does Vista take up?

    i also think it is between 15-20 gb
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelAngelo21 View Post
    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???
    The difference is that hard drive manufacturers use 10^9 (decimal), or one billion bytes, as a "gigabyte", while Windows calculates a gigabyte as 2^30 bytes (binary).

    2^30 is being called a "gibibyte" to avoid confusion with the decimal "gigabyte"; however, gigabyte is often used to mean one or the other.

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    Default Re: How much HD space does Vista take up?

    When partitioning hard drives for Vista Ultimate 32-bit I make the c:\ 30GB. My desktop pc sits at about 20GB of used space, this is with office 2007 installed as well as Vista.... the rest of my programs are installed on the second partition.

    10Gb is a nice amount of head room to allow for future service packs and easy defragmentation.

    Note I have also resized the system restore to 2GB (I think - as at work now and can't check).

    If you are using system restore with its default settings then 30Gb might get a lot tighter in a few months as by default system restore grabs 15% of available HDD space which would be 4.5GB on a 30GB partition.

    You can move the page file to another partition but its best to keep it on C:\ as that will be the fastest part of the HDD.
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    Default Re: How much HD space does Vista take up?

    My 'windows' folder in C: is 18.3 GB big. ~ Currently using Windows Vista Ultimate x64.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelAngelo21 View Post
    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???
    well you have alot to consider also you depending on your hard drive size.
    100gb
    1.format will take off about -7gb
    =93gb
    2.vista installtion -15gb
    =88gb
    3.system restore 10% -10gb
    =78
    4.virtual memory your ram -?
    =?gb

    after that i dont know what else took vista
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    Default Re: How much HD space does Vista take up?

    sorry for double post but my windows files is 14.0 gb under vista home premuim x64
    edit: with sp1
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    Quote Originally Posted by dondadah88 View Post
    well you have alot to consider also you depending on your hard drive size.
    100gb
    1.format will take off about -7gb
    =93gb

    2.vista installtion -15gb
    =88gb
    3.system restore 10% -10gb
    =78
    4.virtual memory your ram -?
    =?gb

    after that i dont know what else took vista
    What do you mean by that ? Formatting reduces hard disk space ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prasad007 View Post
    What do you mean by that ? Formatting reduces hard disk space ?
    well when you format your hard drive to ntfs it takes some hard drive space. like my 2gb sd card after format reads as 1.89 gb my 200 gb hard drive reads as 185gb and so does everyone else . check your hard capacity and how your suppose to have
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