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#1 ianrocker1986

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 08:11 AM

Hello, 

 

I'm pretty new to Computers, so please excuse this post if it's in the wrong place, stupid question, etc. 

 

I have a Lenovo Laptop with Windows 10 and a 1 TB HDD. 

 

I'm interested in upgrading the HDD to an SSD, but would prefer a smaller size one, to cut down on cost, such as a 128 GB one. 

 

According to my laptop now, I have 828 of 885 GB free. 

 

So does this mean the Windows 10 OS is taking up 115 GB? And that my remaining files are taking up 57 GB?

 

Thanks for any help! 



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 09:08 AM

It means the opposite. You have a hard drive with a capacity of 885GB of which 828GB is free so your data which includes Windows is 57GB.

 

A hard drive with an advertised capacity of 1TB will actually show a lower capacity in Windows because Windows uses binary in determining hard drive size. Windows sees it as 931GB, The discrepancy could be due to a hidden recovery partition on the hard drive. The hard drive would actually be using 931-828 = 103GB

 

http://www.ussscctv.com/harddrivesizecapacitiescalculator.aspx

 

To see actual sizes open a command prompt and type 

 

diskpart

list disk    This will show your actual disk size.

select disk 0

detail disk     This will show all your partitions and sizes



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Posted 16 January 2017 - 03:33 AM

Hello JohnC_21, 

 

thank you for your help and response! 

 

OK, that makes sense. Basically, I store very few files/programs on my computer and was wanting to see if a 128 GB SSD would be enough, so I think so. 

 

Thanks again!



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Posted 16 January 2017 - 09:20 AM

Your Welcome, glad to have helped.



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 08:13 PM

How much more is the 256GB SSD than the 128GB SSD?  You might only have 57GB now, however, your Windows, your 3rd party programs, you User [acct name] AppData, your Libraries will expand over time.


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