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Optimal size of SSD for Win 8.1 and standard apps?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Optimal size of SSD for Win 8.1 and standard apps?


    Hi All,

    I'm thinking of getting a new laptop with an SSD internal drive for OS and an external USB drive for all my user files. Based on my research so far, it looks like 128gb SSD should be large enough for Win 8.1, all Win updates, and my programs. The main programs I use are LibreOffice, Chrome, Firefox, MediaMonkey, Kaspersky, VLC, Skype, Audacity, PhotoScape, iTunes, PDF reader and some misc small utility apps. Just the usual apps for a typical user. I'm not a power user, I don't play PC games and I don't edit video or use any Adobe CS apps.

    So do you think 128gb SSD is enough? Or should I play it safe and get larger? Thanks! Cheers,

    Advait

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  2. #2


    128 is the smallest that I would do these days. For work, when I buy laptops my standard SSD is now 256GB.

    It's pretty easy to start with a 128, wait until it's close to full, make an image based backup of it and restore on a bigger SSD later.
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  3. #3


    San Jose - California
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    128 GB is more than enough for what you intend to use and it is good to keep Windows and personal Data separated (Easier/Faster to backup/restore without worrying lost of personal data). I use 128GB SSD and have tons of applications installed and it only takes about 40GBs total.

    FYI, Windows 8.1 OS only takes about 22~25GBs and most applications will take between 20MBs ~ 100MBs except for those Video, Audio, Image editing software which will take somewhere in between 500MBs ~ 1.2GBs depending on the amount of add-ons/Plugins being added to them. For Itunes: 180MB, Firefox: 70MBs
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  4. #4


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck racer View Post
    In device manager that has a yellow triangle on it, ( says unknown device code 28 ) . I have no problems at all with computer other than terrible video lag. I got windows 8, didn't have that problem with my windows 7 pc it,s a clean laptop, I got it about 5 months ago. I don't know a lot about any pc, Just average. I haven't replaced anything, I just added usb keyboard and mouse. My laptop keyboard works fine, the usb wireless keyboard is full sized. Is the yellow triangle any concern at all ? Any ideas on video lag, I tried a lot of things, no luck at all.
    Thanks Chuck
    if you start a new thread instead of posting in this one you'll get better help. It just confuses things having two topics in one thread.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    I consider 128 gb the bare minimum. For me it is anyway. I have a 128 and a 256 in my laptop. I have the luxury of two drive bays though. If it only had the one it would have at least a 256 gb drive. I have windows on the 128 and my data on the 256 gb. I have 256 GB SSD's in my desktop PC's for Windows and regular spinner drives for data. I game on my desktop PC and 128 GB wouldn't be enough space for my steam games etc..
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    If it's just for the programs on your list, than 1208 GB will be quite enough, but if you generate a lot of data like pictures, music and videos you'd be out of space fast. How large is the HDD you have now and which is supposed to be replaced by SSD ? Are you going to keep that HDD too ? Laptop or desktop computer ? If only drive consider 250GB, they are faster than smaller ones too.
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    I'm happy with my 240GB SSD. I have Windows, Office, AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, Corel X7 Suite, lots of scientific software, 2 or 3 heavy games, and still have some free space.

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    Central IL
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    My laptop has a 240 gb Crucial M5 SSD. I keep everything from documents to photos on a family Owncloud share. I also keep another copy of stuff in my box.com account (50gb). I image the SSD on mine and my son's laptop, maybe every 3 months.

    The last computer I did for someone, that had a failing platter drive, and we stuck the same model of SSD that I have in it. They were only using around 89gb on the hard drive. That is due to they do like I do, and keep data on a cloud & NAS storage.

    My old Acer A0532h Netbook that I gave my daughter. I stuck a 64gb SSD in it. It has Windows 7 on it. She only uses it for Internet surfing and email. If she types anything up. It gets saved on her Google Cloud storage.
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  9. #9


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    If it's just for the programs on your list, than 1208 GB will be quite enough, but if you generate a lot of data like pictures, music and videos you'd be out of space fast. How large is the HDD you have now and which is supposed to be replaced by SSD ? Are you going to keep that HDD too ? Laptop or desktop computer ? If only drive consider 250GB, they are faster than smaller ones too.
    Thanks for your reply. I plan to keep all my user files (500gb of docs, mp3s, vids, etc) on an external USB hard drive. Plan is for only the OS and apps on the SSD. So based on the replies it looks like 128gb SSD will be plenty enough for me. I don't use any very large apps. And pparks1 is correct that I can image and move to a larger SSD if needed.

    Thanks! Question answered. Cheers,

    Advait
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