What size should my Windows 10 partition be?


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    What size should my Windows 10 partition be?


    My current install drive for Windows 10 is a 128GB SSD. However upon discovering that its Reallocated Sector Count is slowly climbing I've decided to replace it before it goes tits up. I've opted to go with a 1TB Samsung 970 EVO NVME drive instead. I'm tempted to just bung Windows and my programs onto the one partition but it feels almost inevitable that I'll reinstall windows at some point and I dont want to lose all the programs/documents/etc. So I'm wondering whats a solid size for the Windows 10 partition? I'm leaning towards 130GB for the windows and the rest for programs/documents/whatever?
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    40GB as a bare minimum, 50GB or more would be recommended.
    I have 32GB and upon clean install, I have 500MB free space left.

    Microsoft bumps minimum Windows 10 storage requirement to 32 Gigabytes - gHacks Tech News
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  3. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Welcome to Ten Forums

    I say go to at least 150 or even higher, since you bought a large M.2

    Yes, windows and all your programs should be on the same drive or partition.

    I keep all my game files on a separate drive.

    All your documents should also be stored somewhere else.

    What is your plan, how are you going to lay it out ?

    Just the M.2 or what ?
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  4. Try3's Avatar
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    Uthred said:
    ... I'll reinstall windows at some point and I dont want to lose all the programs ...
    You will have to reinstall non-portable applications if you reinstall Windows.

    I have 64GB for my Windows partition on one computer and 80GB on another. Both seem fine.

    Denis
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    The M.2 is replacing my current small SSD which I use as my install drive. My current drive layout is:

    C - 128GB SSD - Windows - This is being replaced

    The rest are spread across 7 SATA HDD's

    D - 150GB - Programs / Documents
    E - Games

    Then F to P are various media or work drives. My current plan for the new 1TB M.2 is to replace C but also have a section of it for games I'm currently playing or which benefit from being run from a SSD. So maybe partition it into three:

    C - 150GB - Windows
    D - ~350 - Programs and Documents
    X - ~350 - Games

    Try3 said:
    You will have to reinstall your applications if you reinstall Windows.

    I have 64GB for my Windows partition on one computer and 80GB on another. Both seem fine.

    Denis
    I actually use a fair few standalone/portable programs which is why I've generally gone with a separate programs directory. But I suppose I could combine the two and keep just documents separate and the portables in one folder
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  6. Try3's Avatar
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    OK, non-portables will not need to be reinstalled. I've amended my post.

    Denis
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  7. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Uthred said:
    X - ~350 - Games
    I guess you do not intend to play much? An average game has ~100GB, like Hitman 2.
    You could just combine D+X, separate folders would do, no need for separate partitions.
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    TairikuOkami said:
    I guess you do not intend to play much? An average game has ~100GB, like Hitman 2.
    You could just combine D+X, separate folders would do, no need for separate partitions.
    As I said. My plan was to only install games that really benefit from being on an SSD on the M.2 drive. I already have a 2TB Games drive as my general games drive.
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  9. AddRAM's Avatar
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    You need a place to store images too.

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