What size should I make a Vista partition?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Help' started by gonzo, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. gonzo

    gonzo Guest

    I bought a laptop for my daughter, it has Vista Home Premium
    on a 160GB drive. It comes with the usual shitty hidden partition
    recovery crap, and roll -your-own recovery DVD option. I was thinking
    more like partitioning the drive, and imaging the OS partition.
    How much space would the OS partition need, Vista seems to take up
    a lot of space already compared to XP. (although it's probably all that
    rubbish installed by the makers)
    gonzo, Dec 3, 2007
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    caveman Guest

    Zero might be a good size for the Vista partition on a laptop.

    I've got a high spec laptop (cost $3200 USD only 6 months ago) and find
    it struggles with Vista. Since I upgraded to Solaris x86, the thing
    works a lot better.

    Something I read the other day about the cost of a Dell PC with Linux on
    it makes me think that the PC manufacturers might get paid for
    installing the crap software they do.
    caveman, Dec 3, 2007
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    bill lord Guest

    I made my Vista partition 40gb on a 160gb drive, the installation
    including all the programs I use takes up 12gb but I have moved my
    documents to another physical drive.
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    gonzo Guest

    Yes, all the maker's sites say "___ recommends Vista Home Premium"
    Like they have a choice. Dell reluctantly offers XP, but only on a limited
    range of laptops.
    gonzo, Dec 3, 2007
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    caveman Guest

    Unless you need Windows (and I accept for some applications there is no
    choice), you might like to consider using Solaris x86 instead. (The
    Developer Edition is probably the most useful for home users. That's the
    'middle one' in terms of features and stability.)

    You can download it and write it to DVD or Sun will ship a DVD to your
    door for zero cost:


    With that, you get most thing you could want on a computer.

    1) Email with Thunderbird
    2) Newsgroups with Thunderbird - this is what I am sending this on.
    3) WiFi - I'm using the WiFi on my laptop to send this now.
    4) Browse the web with Firefox - more secure that Internet Explorer
    5) Office tasks with StarOffice, which can read and write
    Word/Excel/Powerpoint format files.
    6) Gimp for editing photos and other graphics related tasks.
    6) Games - not such a large selection as available under Windows.
    7) Some commercial software, though not as much as for Windows
    8) Lots of free software - probably more than for Windows.
    9) Lots of forums for help/support

    Advantages compared to Vista:

    1) There are NOT different versions that are limited in functionality
    unless you pay to upgrade to the next.
    2) If you need support, you are very likely to get it from the people
    that actually wrote the code.
    3) It's not copy protected.
    4) Better security.
    5) No virus exist, so no need to pay out for anti-virus software.
    6) Not such a resource hog. 512 MB RAM is quite reasonable, whereas
    Vista is not very good with such little RAM, Works OK with more modest
    CPUs too.

    Disadvantages compared to Vista

    1) The support for hardware is more limited, especially exotic devices
    like fingerprint readers. But even some quite common devices might not
    be supported.

    2) Often more difficult to configure, with less hand-holding from the
    operating system. That said, I was quite surprised when I installed it I
    was connected to the internet from my Laptop via WiFi with no
    configuration at all from me.

    3) Most (but not all) software is only available in source code form, so
    it needs to be built. That is not for everyone. But there are well over
    1000 packages available pre-built at places like

    http://www.sunfreeware.com/ or

    4) What commercial software is available tends to be the expensive stuff
    and is often more expensive that on Windows. For example, Mathematica
    which is a very specialized maths program sells for $2495 for Windows,
    but is $3120 for Solaris x86.

    PS - I do not work for Sun, or even in the IT industry at all.
    caveman, Dec 4, 2007
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    Brad Guest

    I'd allow for a minimum of 20 gig, 30 would be even better depending on use.
    It's interesting to see all the Linux trolls here, with the stupidity shown
    by them you can see the type of help you can expect should you actually need
    assistance with a copy of Solaris.

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    Brad, Dec 7, 2007
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    Dave Guest

    Solaris is not Linux!
    Dave, Dec 7, 2007
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    Barry OGrady Guest

    You should have a single partition the full size of the drive.

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    Barry OGrady, Dec 22, 2007
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