Solved What size partition for Windows 7

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September 10, 2013 at 19:13:05
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core I5 3.3
I am going to format a new drive and want to limit to only what I need for the operating system. TIA

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September 10, 2013 at 19:54:41
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That will depend on a lot of factors, especially the size of the drive. While technically you should be OK with a partition of about 60GB or a little bit more, I definitely prefer an OS drive of 100GB to 120GB which will protect you from warnings of too little drive space when your updates come in, your system restore gets some history, and your paging file expands. As long as your drive has the room, that is what I would do and have done.
There are those who used 60GB SSD drives for their OS, but have needed to turn off system restore (using drive images for their protection), and no paging file or paging files on their other conventional drives. A drive or partition of at least 90GB would be much better.
The above is using Windows 7 64bit. Using no paging file would require more memory (16GB+) for smooth operation, but I still prefer to have one. No system restore would require you to be especially diligent about back ups and disk image back ups on a regular basis.

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September 10, 2013 at 20:06:54
Thanks Fingers...that answers my question.

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September 11, 2013 at 16:01:02
Bear in mind also that various factors eat away at your system drive, such as Windows and program updates, some programs that will not let you install elsewhere, and so forth. You also need slack for the system to work and to be able to defrag. What I am saying is make sure you have adequate allowance for these - you need more than just the space the operating system takes up.

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