Partition for O/S

  Spock1958 20:56 30 Jan 2007

I am considering buying a new PC with 2 x 320Gb hard drives. What would people consider to be a suitable size for a partition to hold the operating system only on the first drive?

  Diodorus Siculus 21:04 30 Jan 2007

That's a can of worms opened :)

It depends on the OS; I'll bid for 30GB if XP.

  SANTOS7 21:04 30 Jan 2007

Mine is on a 20gig partition (just becoz) it allows for updates associated progs, general fenagling and stuff..

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:07 30 Jan 2007

Assumming XP or Vista home


  ed-0 21:47 30 Jan 2007

You will need at least 20Gb for vista.

30 to 40Gb would be best.

15Gb for XP.

  GaT7 22:36 30 Jan 2007

Vista: 30-40Gb is ideal as ed-0 mentions, so you'll have 15Gb+ of free space (see below†). It occupies about 15Gb when initially installed - see click here.

WinXP: 15Gb. This is what I use for XP Pro - it occupies 8.6GB at the moment, with most of my data on another partition/hard disk. G

†From click here - What is required to run Windows Vista?

To install and run the core functionality of Windows Vista, you need:

- An 800 MHz processor
- 512 MB of RAM
- A 20 GB hard drive with *15 GB of free space*

  Spock1958 22:40 30 Jan 2007

I think I'll go for 40G to be on the safe side.

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