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I've heard using your HD to capacity is bad. Is there a rule of thumb one can use to have a good idea how much space you should keep free? 10% maybe?

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Ive always heard 15%.

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I think its 15% at 10% windows doesnt boot or something.

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So on a 1tb drive keep at least 150 gigs free? Seems a bit excessive, but hey if it works it works.

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Percentage is probably the wrong way to look at it, it's more about the size of free space not the percentage.

10-20GB is always a good number.

But i'm one for over kill, i prefer to keep close to 50% for my OS drive.

On my server i've got 50GB for os and keeping 20GB atleast free as a play ground for windows and its super stable,

From experience Atleast 5GB but there's no such thing as too much

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I think its 15% at 10% windows doesnt boot or something.
oh and never had this issue, still depends on size not percentage

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Well when my 640aaks got to 15% free space I noticed severe degradation on its performance.

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Percentage is probably the wrong way to look at it, it's more about the size of free space not the percentage.

10-20GB is always a good number.

But i'm one for over kill, i prefer to keep close to 50% for my OS drive.

On my server i've got 50GB for os and keeping 20GB atleast free as a play ground for windows and its super stable,

From experience Atleast 5GB but there's no such thing as too much



oh and never had this issue, still depends on size not percentage
So on a 1tb drive if I kept say, 30-50gigs free I shouldn't have any problems right?

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So on a 1tb drive if I kept say, 30-50gigs free I shouldn't have any problems right?
That sounds about right. From what I can take from this, I would believe the reason why performance would drop when not much hard drive space is left would probably be temporary files like the type you get on the internet or when extracting something. Also, Windows writes its log files and such so as time goes on it continues to take more space and if it can't take that space it probably has instability. This is all my own theory that I haven't researched, but it has enlightened me some and I'll be sure to save atleast 20-30GB on my hard drive. Bout to have a SSD (SHOULD BE HERE TOMARROW OMG YAY) I'll be sure to leave 20% of it open, I believe thats how much your suppose to leave free so it doesn't rapidly decay in performance.

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I read a post on some Linux forum about this and they said if you have a HD over 500GB then 2-4GB free is plenty.

Can't find the post now though

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So on a 1tb drive if I kept say, 30-50gigs free I shouldn't have any problems right?
Works for me, just reboot every couple of days and temp files will be cleaned and you shoud be sweat.

What are you storing to max out a TB for a daily use comp?

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