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So I've seen alot of people on this forum claiming that a boot drive should not be smaller than 64GB, but my windows 7 installation is only 11.7GB on disc. I'm looking into getting a new SSD and Win7 and a few other little apps will go on it, most likely firefox,eclipse, steam (with all the games on a seperate drive) , and foobar2000(why not it's like 9MB). So is there any reason I really need a 64GB drive? I'd like a 32GB because it will be cheaper now and I could afford to get another for RAID later and put bigger programs and a game or 2 on it.

btw this is not my sig rig

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post #2 of 25
32 gb would work but you will regret it. The 6x gb's are usually the best bang for the buck drives

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I have a 30gb in my laptop with a full install of windows 7 home premium, and it only take up like 18gb I think. I like a 64gb in my desktop though because a lot of games save stuff to the my documents folder and take up space on the boot drive. This can be changed, but I didnt want to hassle with those tweaks.
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i'd say 40gb minimum, 60gb is ideal. 80gb is pretty nice,as i've seen sata 3's for around $100. Over 80gb you might as well get two smaller drives and raid them.
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If you get a 32GB SSD you will inevitably run out of space or come close enough to that you'll have to start awkwardly installing applications on the secondary HD, defeating the purpose of having an SSD in the first place.

You have to factor in that on top of the OS you will need space for temporary files, page file can be moved to other HD, but even things like browser data stay on the main HD. There's just not enough breathing room.

I would only recommend 32gb if you seriously do not have any applications to install on top of your windows installation, aka no photoshop or office etc.

Plus SSDs, especially 64GB ones, are now often cheaper than regular hard drives. And the jump from HD to SSD is so significant that you don't even need an expensive SSD to really feel the benefit.
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If you get a 32GB SSD you will inevitably run out of space or come close enough to that you'll have to start awkwardly installing applications on the secondary HD, defeating the purpose of having an SSD in the first place.
You have to factor in that on top of the OS you will need space for temporary files, page file can be moved to other HD, but even things like browser data stay on the main HD. There's just not enough breathing room.
I would only recommend 32gb if you seriously do not have any applications to install on top of your windows installation, aka no photoshop or office etc.
Plus SSDs, especially 64GB ones, are now often cheaper than regular hard drives. And the jump from HD to SSD is so significant that you don't even need an expensive SSD to really feel the benefit.

Definitely 64 GB minimum. For me I actually want 128 GB, but don't want to spend too much on SSD yet.
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Well I have a 120 in my main system and I never worry about space.

I also have a 64 in my second machine and it's a little tight.

I wouldn't go any smaller than 60 GB.
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Its not about the size, its how you use it.

Seriously though, you can optimize your install of win7 and be fine with 32 GB. Its just much more convenient/easy to have more space.
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For Windows 7, I'd recommend 40GB min.

I run 32GB in some other rigs but those are either HTPCs (so little to no programs) or running linux.
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i ran windows off of my 30gb ssd with all updates and my every day programs with more than 10gb free. turn of hibernation move your page file or turn off completely and it's plenty.
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