How much hard drive space does Win7 Pro take up?

By pioneerx01
Jun 16, 2010
  1. I was wondering how much hard drive space does Windows 7 PRO take up on a hard drive?
    I am not asking for recommended HDD space (16GB) I am looking for actual installed size of Win7 PRO

    Is your answer with or without bloatware?

  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    As a general rule, plan on 15 GB... (after formatting) but to run what you install, you need 17 percent more than that in free space... or 2.6 GB as a minimum space that will never be used to store anything. to you are looking at a drive tht is 17.6 GB or more to be useful for operation or storage.
    It can be done for less, but you are messing with reliability if you do.
    If you are attempting to use a very small drive, plan on using one that runs at 5400 or 7200 rpm
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