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would it be okay to create 3 partitions to allocate 27gb to windows 7, 27gb to windows 8, and 35gb to BF3?

also how do i get rid of a partition after i make it? i want to get rid of the bf3 partition when 4 comes out.

i need the separate os partitions because i'm tinkering with a windows phone and i need to have win8 to work on my app
Edited by Orc Warlord - 9/24/13 at 8:42am
    
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IMO that's not the best of ideas. 20GB is needed for a clean installation of Win 7 64bit alone.
That doesn't include your Paging file, program files, drivers, windows updates and what not.
Same goes for Windows 8. Sooner or later (most likely sooner) you're going to have problems with free space.
And as far as I know/heard/read, ssd's don't function the best when packed. You would probably get away with
it if you sacrifice BF3.

To get rid of a partition:

Start > Control Panel > System & Security > Admin. Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management >
Right click on the partition you wish to delete > Click Format or Delete

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^ I agree,

My Windows 7's "C:/Windows" folder alone is 34GB just to give you an idea on size after some time.
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What is the full capacity of your SSD? Right now I add up 89Gb in your proposed partitions.

At any rate, at most make 2 partitions. One for Windows 7 and one for Windows 8. Put BF3 on whichever of those partitions that you like, then uninstall it if needed to make room for BF4.

You can equally split the partitions between Windows 7 and Windows 8, but it makes sense to me to allocate the largest partition to whichever OS you plan on using the most (or using the most in the future).
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would it be okay to create 3 partitions to allocate 27gb to windows 7, 27gb to windows 8, and 35gb to BF3?

also how do i get rid of a partition after i make it? i want to get rid of the bf3 partition when 4 comes out.

i need the separate os partitions because i'm tinkering with a windows phone and i need to have win8 to work on my app
 
    Yes, but you may be tight on space, especially if you leave System Restore and hibernation enabled, or install a lot of software.  I personally run Windows 7 x64 Ultimate from a 25 GB partition and have plenty of space left over (about 8 GB).  However, most people will run out of space very quickly.

    You can easily delete partitions using Disk Management, long as you're not trying to delete the partition that you're currently running Windows from.  I recommend partitioning the SSD with Disk Management before installing Windows.  That way, Windows won't create any special partitions at the beginning of the drive during installation.

    Also, keep in mind that Windows is quite unable to properly calculate KB, MB and GB in any situation.  It uses the illogical KiB, MiB and GiB, but doesn't label them as such.  So if you create two 27,000 MB partitions in Disk Management, they will actually be 28.3 GB in size, which may leave less space than you thought for the third partition.  FWIW, Disk Management and Windows Explorer will immediately label them as 26.4 GB partitions doh.gif.  So, if you want the partitions to be sized exactly as you specify, enter in the desired size of the partition (in bytes) into calculator (e.g. 27,000,000,000) and divide by 1024 twice.  The resulting number (rounded to an integer) is what you will need to enter into Disk Management when it asks how large to make the new partition (I get 25,749).  After formatting the partitions, go to Explorer, right-click a partition and click Properties.  The capacity of the drive (in bytes) should nearly match the size you entered.

    Perhaps a better way is to use virtual machine software.  With a virtual machine (like VirtualBox) you would have the other OSes running inside of your host OS—simultaneously.  The virtual machines' HDD files (which will dynamically expand as the virtual machine writes data to them) could then be stored on your SSD, if desired.  This would remove the rigid borders of partitions, leaving more overall room for expansion.  And, if you ran out of space on your SSD for any of those OSes, you could just move one or both virtual HDD files to another drive. thumb.gif
 
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guess i'll just buy another ssd lol..
    
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    I didn't see this in the thread title until just now: Your SSD is 120 GB.  Why not format the partitions 40 GB each, or 40 for 7, 45 for 8 and 35 for BF3?  That would certainly be more comfortable than 27 GB partitions!
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well the actual size is 111gb because 120gb knocks off the 24mb off the end... damn marketing scum bags.
    
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well the actual size is 111gb because 120gb knocks off the 24mb off the end... damn marketing scum bags.

    You mean 111 GiB.  The drive probably is in fact 120 GB (literally, 120 billion bytes).  The problem with dividing by 1024 (which is what Windows does) is that the perceived size changes based on your metric.

So a 750 GB byte file (or disk drive) can appear as:
  • 750,000,000,000 bytes
  • 732,421,875 KiB (this is what Windows Explorer will show the size column)
  • 715,256 MiB
  • 698 GiB (this is what Windows Explorer will show for the same file or disk in the Properties window)
  • 0.682 TiB

Or, we can calculate the size correctly and get much more reasonable results:
  • 750,000,000,000 bytes
  • 750,000,000 KB
  • 750,000 MB
  • 750 GB
  • 0.75 TB

    So I would not call HDD and SSD manufacturers "scum bags" for using math that adds up.  They are the ones (along with Apple) who are actually right.  Microsoft is simply creating a phantom "issue" that would otherwise not exist, one that was officially resolved by the IEC back in December 1998, long before it would have become controversial due to large drive sizes where the GiB is significantly larger than the GB.

    If you partition the drive using the math I gave in my earlier post, you should see that you have most of those 120 GB.  It's only a Windows math issue, it really is! thumb.gif
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