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Windows 7 on 32 gb mSATA

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#1 clarkrpierce


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Posted 15 August 2014 - 04:40 PM

Excuse my noobness... 


I currently have a Dell XPS 15 L521x with a 32 gb mSATA and 750 HDD. The mSATA is used for Intel's rapid start technology. I've read of various people upgrading the mSATA to a larger size and booting from it. Is it necessary to upgrade the size? Could I boot and run windows off of my current 32 gb mSATA and still have access to the 750 gb HDD? 

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#2 Pocket Pocket

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 06:20 PM

Hi clarkpierce! :)




32GB is way too small for installing Windows 7 there... System + updates + any software + Application data will exceed the 32GB limit very quickly. In my opinion - 60GB is a minimum.

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 08:01 AM

Agree with Pocket Pocket re size of Windows partition for Win 7.


Win 7 and apps, updates itself can probably get by with a 50GB partition, IME, but problems will arise for those who store data files on the Windows partition (needlessly).  The more data files, the more room required for storage and I would suggest that a separate partition be created for storing data files, rather than dumping them on the C: partition.



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