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How big of an SSD?

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  • Windows 7
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Last response: in Storage
June 15, 2011 1:46:50 AM

Hey all,

I want to get an SSD for my OS. Just wondering about how much space all of Windows 7 64 Bit takes up? And if I boot my comp from said SSD, what other stuff will go in there that I have to take into account?

In total, how big of an SSD do I need for my OS and other core software?

Lastly, any suggestions for what kind? :) 

THanks all!

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a c 143 G Storage
a b $ Windows 7
June 15, 2011 2:49:20 AM

Typically, I don't recommend getting a SSD less than 120 GB, if your planned usage is more than just a "boot" drive.

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a c 415 G Storage
a c 209 $ Windows 7
June 15, 2011 2:56:52 AM

Windows itself only takes about 10-12GB - but you also need to allow for:

- patches and restore points for them
- pagefile (if you leave it on the SSD)
- hibernation file (if you use "sleep" mode)
- application programs (if you install them on the SSD)

I'd say that something around 40GB would be a reasonable minimum, and if you have a lot of application programs to install it will go up from there. My SSD has about 75GB in use right now, and that's with no page file.
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June 15, 2011 5:49:04 PM

Awesome, thank you guys!
June 15, 2011 5:49:11 PM

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