How much disk space does windows 7 take on your computer?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by hankkosovo, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2009
    Yeah, so how much disk space does windows 7 take on your computer.

    I installed the 64bit ultimate version on a 2.66ghz unibody and it took 15gb! I doubt that's normal, or is it?
  2. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Windows 7 takes a good amount of disk space. This is completely normal.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Sounds about right. For comparison, Leopard/Snow Leopard takes up about 12 GB. So it's not crazy to take up that amount of space. But honestly, hard drives are huge and cheap nowadays, 16 GB is table scraps.
  4. macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2008
    yeah especially if you have a laptop with limited usb ports.. nothing at all keeping you from spending $100 on an external hd. if you afforded a mac you obviously don't have practical expenses like food etc to worry about.

    but seriously.
    the next time is see someone using that tired old 'don't complain about how much unnecessary space something uses.. buy another harddrive' argument (if it can even be called an argument) i'm going to smack them.

    but anyway.

    i swear i read somewhere that windows 7 takes about 5 gigs to isntall when i was googling 'how much hd space does windows 7 take' or something to that effect. so i guess that was wrong.. glad to have that information before i set up my bootcamp lol.
  5. macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

    Yeah I know what you mean, because I do have a laptop with limited USB ports. But that's alright, we'll overlook that. :rolleyes:

    Now explain to me why you'd buy an external hard drive for Windows when Boot Camp will only install on an internal drive. But what the heck, I'll play along, because you don't need to spend $100 on a hard drive. Here's a 320 GB 2.5" laptop drive for $76. Or a 500 GB 3.5" desktop drive for $63. Both Western Digital, both Caviar Black (their performance drives, meaning they're among the more expensive). No one's forcing you to buy them.

    And where did I say anything about being able to afford a Mac and not having other expenses?

    Sounds like you've asked this question before and gotten the same answer. Probably because the answer is true, that hard drives are dirt cheap and very spacious. But no, resort to petty threats. :rolleyes:

    You're welcome.
  6. macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2008
    yeah man. i'm usually pretty chill. i just have irrational hatred for that point of view.
    To me, the complaint
    "this software is bloated and uses more space than is necessary and/or efficient"
    is not adequately addressed by the response:
    "hard drives are cheap so just buy another one"
    i could make a number of analogies/further points etc, but i won't bother unless you want me to, it's just a bad argument. i just can't not comment. it's like my weakness. I guess it's my standpoint that in general consumers shouldn't have to fold around to the whims of producers who don't really have their best interests in mind. that doesn't directly inform this issue, but is related.

    that above example wasn't really in reference to this thread either. bringing it back on topic... i'm not surprised at all about the size of windows 7's size. if you want a light weight windows operating system go with xp because it can basically do everything the newer ones can and is faster and takes farrrr less space. you can even get versions online that are stripped of all the unnecessary stuff that clock in at under 200 megs.

    I DO find it strange though that somesites state windows 7 takes like 6 gigs if it really really doesn't. i did read it depends how much ram you have because it will create a pagefile of equivalent size, and a 'clean' install may be missing some options.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2009
    How much disk space does windows 7 take on your computer?

    Hi, it takes 16gb spaces.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Fair enough. I do agree on the whole misstating how much space it takes up, and have no idea why people say that. My only guess would be that they're using some kind of slimming app like Vlite (which is a terrible idea). Usually I just go into Control Panel and remove certain Windows components (for example, pen/tablet PC recognition apps/drivers are installed by default, which is dumb).
  9. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    I think it also depends on your swap space. People with different amounts
    of memory will end up with paging files of a different size. There's also the
    hibernation file, which again may vary in size according to the amount of
    memory one has (I'm not sure about that, though). Here's what I have:


    So that's 7GB right there. It is possible to manually tweak the paging file
    so that it uses less space.

    I think Leopard/Snow Leopard may avoid this by using delayed allocation.
    There may be some tradeoffs with that, though.
  10. macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2008
    now here's a question... does windows 7 on the mac report space the same way snow leopard does? because if so it's going to be more gb than on an equivalent pc. if not, the windows partition is going to report as being smaller from inside windows.
  11. macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Very true, as the swap file will usually be as large as the amount of RAM you have. To anyone curious, I'd recommend not disabling it (but that is another debate for another thread someday :)).

    It did, up until SL (Snow Leopard). SL started using base 10 (where all previous version of OS X use base 2; Windows also uses base 2). This is why it seems like you get so much space back when installing Snow Leopard. When I made a partition with Boot Camp for Windows, I set it for 70 GB. In base 2 (the way Windows read it), it came out to 75.9 GB.
  12. macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    My 32bit install took up under 10gb's, including Office 2007.
  13. macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2008
    Wait... brain problems.. if the drive in total is larger according to snow leopard, then shouldn't windows see the same partition as smaller not larger? are you saying you partitioned 70 gigs in SL and it's saying it's 75.9 in windows? that seems backward to me..
  14. nph
    macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005
    Ok, maybe we are on to something here, it seems 32 bit version takes 10 Gig (including MS Office) so when some sites claim 6-7 Gig they refer to 32 bit version and if (like me) you install 64 bit version then we are talking closer to 15 Gig.

    just a thought...
  15. macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    I don't know enough on the subject (of base 2 vs base 10) to give a thorough explanation, but I do know that many people have noticed a large gain when installing S.L. (and the base 10 thing is partly the reason behind it).

    Indeed, 64-bit does use a bit more space both in terms of hard drive and RAM, but claiming a 6 to 7 GB install still seems pretty far fetched.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2008
    My Win7 Pro 32Bit is now at 15GB with updates installed and some programs.

    If I turn off hibernation and delete system restore points and other stuff I guess it will be ~10GB.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2007
    In my Corner
  18. macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2008
    New York
    4.1GB = Ubuntu 10.04 Fully Installed WITH 153 extra apps I love

    4.1GB = Ubuntu 10.04 Fully Installed WITH 153 extra apps I love

    The antidote to:

    - bloatware
    - viruses
    - big brother software extortion
    - low budget (free!)
    - low resources (requires 256MB RAM, but 384MB is recommended)
    - 4.1GB hard disk (including the 153 extra apps I love most)

    Ubuntu 10.04 ROCKS! It's easier to use than any version of Mac or Windows has ever been, and cheaper (free!) ....and 1,000 times better. Trust me, I've used them all... for about 33 years now I've been an IT pro. Your grandmother can use the new Ubuntu with NO instruction or help.

    Bruce Wagner
  19. macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2010
    Yeah, right...

    I want you to make a demonstration, and use the latest 3Ds Max, Photoshop, and directX games on your beloved ubuntu, with the same speed like in windows...
  20. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    If you install the professional version of windows 7, it turns on shadow copies by default, which is similar to time machine backups. This will make multiple backup copies of your data files, so this will also eat up a lot of space. You can turn off shadow copies in the system protection dialog.
  21. macrumors newbie


    May 9, 2010
    Well, this topic is about using windows on a mac. Why would you install linux on a mac if you have OSX ?
  22. macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2010
    You are SO wrong...

    Actually, I honestly prefer Linux to anything myself. I'm sure you've never used it, so that's why you're being ignorant. He is right about Ubuntu using little resources. It's definitely faster than Windows. I laughed when I read "with the same speed like in Windows". Linux is the fastest OS I've ever used. The only thing that made me switch to Mac is the applications. There are a lot of good programs for Linux, but if you want GREAT programs, you need Mac or Windows. If they release Adobe CS for Linux, I might switch back. But I already spent tons of money on my Mac, so idk.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2012
    Disk Space

    I hope someone can give me some advice. I am not at all cleued up with pc's and need some help. I don't have a big machine (2GB memory; 80GB HD etc.)

    I just formatted my HD and changed to Windows 7. The only software on the PC is Windows 7 and an Anti Virus Program and my 80GB HD is FULL. Any advice?:confused:

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