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#1 larryq22

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 04:26 PM

I recently did a clean install of Windows 7 Professional to replace Vista SP2. The new OS occupied 42G of disk space. I'm thinking this is a bit much. What is the "normal" experience?

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 05:48 PM

This is probably because you did not officially format the drive. If you do a clean install on top of a previous OS with actually formatting, it will stick everything from your old OS in the Windows.old folder and take up tons of space.

A while back, I experimented with clean installs of the different editions of Windows 7 to see if higher editions would take up more drive space. See here.

You can use Disk Space Reporter to tell you what is using up your hard drive space.

A clean install should take up less than 10GB. I'll bet all that extra is in the Windows.old folder, which you can safely delete if you don't have any data you need from your old install.
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Posted 15 April 2010 - 06:30 PM

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 10:33 AM

My dual-boot with XP (separate drives) on this system...I made the initial partition 35GB, currently show 17GB of free space on same.

My install of Win 7 Home on Dell laptop...reflects a 6.5GB Windows folder currently.

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