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How do i re-install & partion my Dell xps 15 ( 2 hdd)

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    Windows 8.1

    How do i re-install & partion my Dell xps 15 ( 2 hdd)


    Hello guys,
    i have Ultrabook Dell XPS 15 (Touch screen)

    with 2 hard drivers (500GB SATA+ 32GB SSD )

    now the question, when i re install windows 8.1
    how i can partition the 32 SSD hard drive
    should i install windows on it ? or just use it a a normal partition ?

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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Just install Windows 8.1 on the SSD and the rest on the hard drive.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    Just install Windows 8.1 on the SSD and the rest on the hard drive.
    but the ssd is only 32GB
    it's good to install the system on this capacity ?
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Typical install size is around 20GB for a 64bit system
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    32GB is definitely small and you will have space problems unless you move everything you can off of it and install your programs to teh HD. The problem with doing that is you then lose the advantage of having an SSD in the first space.

    If you can afford it, I'd recommend a minimum 120GB SSD.

    I'm using about 80GB of my 250GB SSD for 8.1.1 Pro X64. Everything is installed on the SSD. I use other hard drives for data.
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    thanks for replay,
    but the laptop is originally comes with this 32GB SSD

    i have formatted the system and I'm confused partition the hard drives, i have 500GB + 32GB SSD
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    Quote Originally Posted by moka01 View Post
    thanks for replay,
    but the laptop is originally comes with this 32GB SSD

    i have formatted the system and I'm confused partition the hard drives, i have 500GB + 32GB SSD
    Are you sure there are 2 physical drives in your computer. Is it possible that you have a hybrid Drive? If so the 32 GB SSD would be for cache only and that should work from the firmware for the hard drive?
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    I was thinking hybrid as well, but the Dell site says 500GB HD and 32GB mSATA drive.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    I was thinking hybrid as well, but the Dell site says 500GB HD and 32GB mSATA drive.
    yes that is correct it's 500GB HD and 32GB mSATA drive,
    so is this a hybrid ?
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Not a hybrid, no.

    32 may well be sufficient - it depends if you have any huge programs. It would certainly be the best solution if you can. I just did a clean install of 8.1 and it was 13GB without MS office and 16 with. My C: partition is 40GB and I haven't even had to more my user folders.

    Try running TreeSize Free and see what the total of Windows, Files, Program files and Program Data is.

    Just keep you user data on the other disk.

    Ideally if you can install 8.1 with update using WIMBoot. This will run windows from compressed WIM file - saving having duplicate system files and should also run faster. I can not as it only works with SSD. This guy reduced his installation size from 20GB to 3GB doing this.

    Windows 8.1 update 1 and Wimboot made easy Erwan's Blog

    See also

    Windows Image File Boot (WIMBoot) Overview
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