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    I just want a concensus to the size of everyones partition for vista. I am going to dual boot xp pro and vista 64. I made xp 45gb because I will not be putting a lot of info on that partition. I was wondering what you thought a good size for vista will be? I was thinking around 100-120gb. I have many large programs to install like adobe CS3, office 07, etc that take up a lot of space. I want to future proof it for size. What is your take on this?
    I have seen some people say 20gb. Do you not put anything on this partition? That seems so small.
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    Default Re: Vista size?

    20GB would probably be a bit smaller than I would like for Vista but it should work. If you use a partition for the operating system and a separate partition for your files then I don't believe you should have a problem accessing the files from either O/S (assuming proper permissions are given to the files). If a virus or something else corrupts the O/S then the files are still intact even if you are forced to do a reinstall of the O/S. Programs can be installed to either partition but will generally only be accessible from the O/S that they were installed in.
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    Default Re: Vista size?

    20 G is the absoulute minimum - I'd go for around 50G or better yet have independent HD for each OS and then in the bios of the motherboard you can select which HD to boot from.
    (thats how I do it)

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    I have 3 partitions on my main drive and only one on the other. My vista is at 50gb as I am only putting the os and several small apps on this drive. All the other apps are on my other separate drive. My problem is that somehow the vista drive keeps filling up and I don't know why. I can't find anything that is adding up to 41gb that it says it is full of. Where could it be?
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    Default Re: Vista size?

    some of will come from the apps you install - they almost always install stuff onto the main partition - things like dll's & ocx's etc.

    the swap file - it a hidden file - will also be using it

    all the windows updates will be doing it as well

    I wouldn't have thought it'd take 20 G or so thou

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