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Default Should I partition New SSD for 7? - 10-23-2009, 01:34 PM

I am installing windows 7 upgrade to a new 32 SSD should I partition the drive?

Also it only shows the drive as having 29 GB available? What's that all about?
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Default 10-23-2009, 01:52 PM

You have to have one active partition. Adding more is personal preference.

A hard drive is never the size it states in terms of what is usable for the user. It has to use space for overhead. It's important to note that the act of partitioning and formatting the drive will result in the available capacity being reduced even before any user data is written. This is entirely normal and is due to the overhead incurred in preparing a hard drive for use.

Drive manufacturers use their own calculations.

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Default 10-23-2009, 02:03 PM

I suggest letting Windows 7 partition the drive during install- it will add a small hidden partition that includes recovery tools and also aligns the system partition.

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Default 10-23-2009, 02:52 PM

Most software reports drive sizes in binary GB (GiB). All storage manufacturers currently advertise metric GB. So, a "320GB" hard drive only shows up as about 298GB. More info: Gigabyte - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Cool 10-24-2009, 02:13 AM

I have also relized that the larger the hard drive the higher amountn ofm overhead it takes..which I figure is correct...too bad they cant find a way of allotting for that when they make these damn drives huh?..

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