When it comes to Solid State Drives, there are a lot of things to consider when purchasing one. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is how much space to get.
But how much space do you actually need on your SSD?
This is what exactly we are going to discuss in this blog post and also keep in mind if you have recently upgraded from HDD to SSD then we have some amazing helpful speed and performance guides for you make sure to check them out later.
So, Most people recommend at least 120GB for a Windows 10 installation, but that’s really only if you plan on installing a lot of programs and games. If you’re just going to use your computer for browsing the internet, writing documents, and watching videos, then you can probably get away with a smaller drive.
Another thing to keep in mind is that not all of your storage needs to be on your SSD. You can install your Operating System and programs on your SSD, and then use the remaining space on your HDD for things like music, photos, videos, etc.
A lot of people think they need 512GB of storage or more to get by without a secondary hard drive. However, that’s just because they don’t know all the different ways you can save space and keep your computer running smoothly. For example:
- 1 Delete unnecessary files
- 1.1 Disable hibernation
- 1.2 Disable restore points
- 1.3 Use a smaller page file
- 1.4 Remove browser extensions
- 1.5 Disable system notifications
- 1.6 Install a RAM disk
- 1.7 Delete old files
- 1.8 Change your file storage locations
- 1.9 How much free space should I leave on my hard drive or SSD?
- 1.10 Can I move my page file to another location on my computer?
- 1.11 What is the best way to free up space on my SSD?
Delete unnecessary files
Programs store temporary files in several folders across your hard drive when you launch them: C: \ Windows \ Temp and C: \ Users \ [user] \ AppData \ Local \ Temp . If you never use some programs or rarely use others it may be a good idea to remove these temp files manually using the instructions below. But if you’re not comfortable doing that, you can use a program like CCleaner to do it for you.
Hibernation is a Windows feature that saves your computer’s state to the hard drive before shutting down. When you start your computer back up, it loads all of your open programs and windows exactly as they were when you turned it off. This takes up a lot of space on your hard drive, so if you don’t need or use hibernation, you can disable it.
Disable restore points
Restore points are created by Windows every time you install a new program or make a change to your system settings. They’re used as a backup in case something goes wrong and you need to restore your computer to an earlier point. However, they can also take up a lot of space on your hard drive if you don’t use them often. To disable restore points, open the Control Panel and go to System > System Protection. Then click on the Configure button and uncheck the Turn on system protection box.
Use a smaller page file
The page file is a part of your hard drive that Windows uses as virtual memory. When your computer starts running out of memory, Windows will use the page file to store data that it can’t keep in RAM. This frees up memory and makes your computer run better. However, the page file is extremely large by default (usually between 12 and 16GB). If you don’t need that much space for virtual memory, changing it to a smaller size will free up disk space on your SSD without sacrificing performance.
Remove browser extensions
Extensions are small programs created by 3rd party companies that modify how browsers work. They can make browsing easier and more fun, but they also use up valuable RAM and slow down your internet connection speed. There’s no way to completely remove them, but you can disable most of them by opening Chrome or Firefox and going to the settings menu. Then click on Extensions under the Appearance or Add-Ons menu, find the extension you want to turn off, and click on the Stop button.
Disable system notifications
Notifications are popups that appear on your screen with information about new emails, software updates, etc. You can usually access them by clicking on an icon in your taskbar or system tray at the bottom right corner of your screen. If you don’t need to know every time a new email comes in or when there’s a software update available, then it’s a good idea to turn off these notifications one by one. They might affect your privacy, so be careful to only turn off notifications that you’re sure you don’t need.
Install a RAM disk
A RAM disk is essentially a section of your computer’s RAM that’s been designated for use as a hard drive. This is a great way to speed up your computer because reading and writing data to a RAM disk is much faster than doing the same thing on a regular hard drive. However, it’s important to note that anything stored on a RAM disk will be deleted when you turn off your computer.
Delete old files
This is probably the easiest way to free up space on your SSD but it can also be the most time-consuming. Go through your files and delete anything you don’t need or use anymore. Be careful not to delete anything important!
Change your file storage locations
If you have a lot of files that are taking up space on your SSD, consider moving them to a different location on your computer. For example, if you have a lot of videos, pictures, or music, move them to an external hard drive or another partition on your hard drive. This will free up space on your SSD without sacrificing performance.
Other Related Questions about SSDs
I have a 120 GB SATA Solid State Disk but Windows 7 needs 16GB to install, is that normal?
It’s not easy to give an exact answer to this question because it depends on so many factors. First of all, Windows takes some space for itself as a base. Then it has requirements for the page file and hibernation storage (which you can usually set to a much lower amount). Finally, if you’re planning on installing new programs or updating existing ones, those new files will need storage space as well.
So from the looks of it, no matter how big your SSD is it won’t be enough for a fresh Windows 7 installation unless you disable the page file and hiber. However, if you already have Windows 7 installed and you’re using all the space on your SSD, the problem is usually that you have a lot of files scattered through different locations of your computer. Installing programs to a RAM disk or moving some files to an external hard drive could be a solution for this.
I’ve heard it’s possible to increase Windows boot speed by changing some settings? How do I do that?
The fact that you can change which programs run when Windows starts certainly makes it sound like it would be possible, but unfortunately there are no specific options related to increasing the startup speed in Windows 7. There are tools you can use though, such as Autoruns, which allow you to disable certain components from running during system start-up. However, the degree to which these types of software speed up Windows boot times is a bit controversial and a lot of IT pros say it’s not worth using them.
How much free space should I leave on my hard drive or SSD?
In general, it’s a good idea to leave around 20% of your total storage capacity as free space. This amount will be enough for Windows’ File Protection mechanism (which kicks in when new programs try to write over existing system files) as well as the ability to perform disk defragmentation without too much trouble. So for example, if you have a 500 GB hard drive, just leaving 100 GB free would probably suffice since that leaves plenty of room for things like system restore points, updates, and temporary files.
Can I move my page file to another location on my computer?
Yes, you can move your page file to a different location on your computer. In fact, it’s generally a good idea to move it off of your SSD and onto a regular hard drive. This is because the more activity your SSD sees, the shorter its lifespan will be. So if you’re not using all of your SSD’s space for programs and data, it’s a good idea to move the page file somewhere else where it won’t be constantly accessed.
What is the best way to free up space on my SSD?
There are a few different ways to free up space on your SSD. One is to move your page file to a different location on your computer. Another is to move files that are taking up space on your SSD to an external hard drive or another partition on your hard drive. Finally, you can delete files that you no longer need. However, it’s important to note that deleting files can sometimes be dangerous and you should always make sure not to delete anything important!