Recommended Windows 7 partition size

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May 28, 2012
  1. DigitalDeviant
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    Hi I've done some research and it seems some people recommend between 30 and 60 gigs partition for Window 7. I'm inclined to choose 60 gigs.
    What partition size do you use for Windows 7, what do you recommend?

    Thanks in advance!
     


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    Would this partition be just for Windows 7, or will you be installing programs to it too? If the later, choose 60GB and if the former choose 30GB.
     
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    Good question, I suppose I wouldn't mind having the option to install programs on the partition so I think I'll go with 60 gigs.
    Thanks for the quick response! Anyone else have an opinion on this or personal preference?

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    also I currently have win vista(I know wow) running on my lenovo ideapad y530(it came with the system years ago). I was wondering if you know
    if the vista drivers will work on the win 7 or should I just install the win 7 drivers lenovo has for the ideapad y530? I figure I would back up my ideapad
    drivers and re install them on win 7.
     
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    No problem. My set up is a little odd, I'll admit, I have a 200GB partition for Windows and various little programs, a 250GB partition for other programs likes game installations and such, another 450GB Partition for Console games and Downloads, and another 500GB partition for Games, Music, and Videos lol. Oh and a 600GB partition for any Anime I finish and want to keep. Oh and a backup 500GB external.
     
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    any thoughts on my questions above? Also would partitioning delete anything?
     
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    er, let windows 7 install drivers from windows update from you and just grab and install the graphics driver yourself (vista will work if theres not a win7 one), if there is any drivers missing that windows update didnt do, install vista ones.
     
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    As long as you have free space to partition, nothing would be deleted.

    As for drivers, usually Vista drivers will work with Windows 7 but I would suggest installing the Windows 7 drivers if they're official because why not? Heh.
     
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    O.o what's wrong with folders? I would hate to have so many partitions as you can never properly estimate the ratios that each partition needs, thus you end up with loads of wasted space.
     
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    If you're not going to install Linux, make the entire hard drive one giant NTFS partition, which will erase everything on it. Make sure you back up any Vista data you want to keep.

    Most Vista drivers will work with Windows 7, but you should really check to see if Win7 drivers are available first.
     
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    people like to have partitions if they have dual boots or just for to organize things. no need to move things if you want to reinstall an os. its a persons decision if they want to have a number of partitions for data, its not something to question.
     
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    wow thanks for everyone advice and quick responses, I really appreciate it.

    So in a nutshell I'll back up my data(doing that now via Acronis) partition 60 gigs for Win 7
    Install Win 7 to that drive
    download the win 7 drivers from Lenovo
    ta da I'll finally be current in terms of os lol.
     
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    prowler is exactly right. I have it set this way as I have tons of data and a lack of externals for backups. This way, if I ever wanted to remove Windows 7 or reinstall it for whatever reason, I won't lose any of my data that I might need/want. I also have like...3 different HDDs excluding the external, One I split into thirds and then the other 2 are just there.
     
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    How smooth will Win 7 run on my dual core(centrino) 64 bit/4 gig ram laptop, its 4 years old mind you.
     
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    100 GB for sure. Only have 12 GB left as of today and I only have program files and drivers there.
     
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    if it runs on my netbook with 1gb ram and 1.6ghz cpu itll run on that.
     
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    What are the pros of partitioning? I have XP, seven and eight on the same partition I don't understand the waste of space(unless you have too much)
     
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    How the fuck did you get 3 OSes (even worse, Windows OSes) on the same partition? I call bullshit.
     
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    It's true each OS needs its own partition unless some are virtual.
     
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    Hold on your horses my friend suprgmr. Technically I am only using 1 partition but windows seven and eight both support VHD install which does not waste space like a partition would do. Windows sees 2 partition but I am only using 1.

    So? Whats the pros?
     
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    Windows has supported multiple installs on one partition since XP (and likely before).
    You just need to tell it to use different base folders in that partition.
    C:\Windows1
    C:\AnotherWindows
    C:\ShitISkipped2
    Like that.

    Anyways if things are on multiple partitions, wiping/moving one install without wiping the others is much easier.
     
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