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whats the best partition layout for a clean install

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    whats the best partition layout for a clean install


    I have just upgraded my laptops hard drive to one of the new hybrid SSD / HDD drives and I want to make sure that I get the best possible performance out of it.

    Whats the best way to partition the drive on a clean install ? its a 1TB drive and I was originally going to go with 300GB for Windows and the rest for programs / storage etc - would this work or is there a better way to give me maximum speed etc?

    I do generally like a seperate parition for my data purely from a data safety point on view.



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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64

    300GB just for Windows, that is a bit overkill, I would go for about 50GB or more, I have 40GB actually.
    Windows will take 12GB, pagefile 12GB, system restore 5GB + something else, that is about 30GB total.
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    Since you have a lot of space to spare, I would personally recommend 70-80 GB for the OS partition. That gives you lots of free space inside the partition to allow for buffers and stuff.

    As to speed of performance, I'm not aware of the partition size having any bearing on that.

    Most likely, your hybrid SSD/HDD install is going to use the SSD as a cache -- and that's where you're going to see the performance improvement.
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