I purchased the $30 student Win7 deal and downloaded it this morning. (Here's to hoping the move to 64-bit is smooth!) I'm planning to splurge and buy a new hard drive to install it on. I was thinking about an SSD for reduced noise & the speed boost. My question is "How much space do I need?"
I have plenty of hard drive space on 3 other drives for data and some of my programs. This is what I would like to load:
1. Win 7 Pro 64-bit
2. AVG antivirus
3. Office 2007
4. Canon MP620
5. Civ 3 complete
6. Age of the Empires 3 + Warchiefs
7. Adobe CS4
Does anyone got any ideas on how much space that will take? Is a 30GB SSD big enough? If it's not, what won't fit?
Don't forget that you also need space for a pagefile (unless you move or disable it), a hibernation file (unless you disable that), and some reserved space for System Restore and Recycle Bin.
Personally, I think you're going to find 30GB to be a tight fit and in your place I'd look for a 60 or 80GB drive. But if that breaks the budget then go ahead with a 30GB with the idea that you can always install programs on your HDD if you run out of space on the SSD.
I would plan on leaving at least 25% of the drive free, although in performance terms this won't be as important if you buy a drive that has a good controller and supports TRIM.
I do want to add that using on-demand virus scanners that always run in the background will slow down any I/O done, because it first wants to scan the data before its allowed to go to the application instead. So using anti-virus which runs in the background slows down your I/O. This can nullify the speed effect of an SSD possibly. Especially Norton is notorious for its resource usage. Don't know about AVG.