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


moka01

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#1
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
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    Dell XPS 15 Touch

Nuccii

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#2
Just install Windows 8.1 on the SSD and the rest on the hard drive.
 

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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit
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    Pavillion H8-1202
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    I7-2600 @ 3.4 GHz
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    PEGATRON
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    8 GB
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Nuccii

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#4
Typical install size is around 20GB for a 64bit system
 

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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit
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    Pavillion H8-1202
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    PEGATRON
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Ztruker

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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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  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro X64
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
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    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
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    Lenovo
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    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
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    HP h2207
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    250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
    1.5TB Seagate ST3150041AS SATA
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moka01

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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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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 Touch

Clintlgm

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#7
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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    Windows 8.1 Pro MC
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    Asus G75VW / Z97 Pro
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-3610QM / I7-4790K
    Motherboard
    Z97 Pro
    Memory
    16 GB Hyundai HTM315156CFR8C-PB PC3-12800
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    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M (GF114M)
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    VIA 6.0.10.1600
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    Samsung 850 Pro 256, Samsung 850 Pro 1TB
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Ztruker

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#8
I was thinking hybrid as well, but the Dell site says 500GB HD and 32GB mSATA drive.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP h2207
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
    1.5TB Seagate ST3150041AS SATA
    PSU
    500W
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    Wired USB
    Mouse
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#10
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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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64
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    MacBook Pro Core2Duo
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    T7600
    Memory
    3
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    ATI Radeon X1600
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    1440 x 800
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Superfly

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#11
I have tha same as Adam - assigned 80GB for Windows on my SSD and it still have over 60% free - that's with Office 2013 amd Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 (which both arbitrary installs files to Windows drive irrespective where you install the executable)

As far as WimBoot is concerned - just make sure you integrate all updates before installing - the updates will consume additional disk space.
 

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#12
Office 2013 amd Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 (which both arbitrary installs files to Windows drive irrespective where you install the executable)
Access is terrible for that. It sticks nearly 1GB in the Installers folder.
 

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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64
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    MacBook Pro Core2Duo
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    T7600
    Memory
    3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon X1600
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    Internal
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Ztruker

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#13
Replace the 32GB mSATA SSD with a larger one if problems arise. If no problems then nothing to worry about.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP h2207
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
    1.5TB Seagate ST3150041AS SATA
    PSU
    500W
    Keyboard
    Wired USB
    Mouse
    Wired USB
    Internet Speed
    3GB Up, 30GB Down
    Browser
    SeaMonkey
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender; MBAM Pro
    Other Info
    UEFI/GPT
    PLDS DVD-RW DH16AERSH

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