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56Gb free out of the box

2013-02-07, 1:21 AM

Is this article true?

 

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2408289,00.asp

 

PCMAG suggests only 56Gb left out of the box on a 128GB drive.

 

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Wayne

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Re: 56Gb free out of the box

2013-02-07, 2:28 AM

>> PCMAG suggests only 56Gb left out of the box on a 128GB drive.

 

I don't know the exact amount of free space but it sounds about right.  One easy thing that a user can do to reclaim 11GB of space is to create a recovery drive and then delete the recovery partition as prompted.  Other things can also be done such as disabling hibernation (if it is not used) and/or deleting the hibernation partition that is used for 30-day standby.  This can reclaim another 11-15GB of space.

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Re: 56Gb free out of the box

2013-02-07, 6:04 AM

I called the Lenovo helpdesk today and they suggested there would only be 20Gb of space taken up by Win8 and other stuff. I was slightly freaked out as I ordered the 128Gb Model yesterday and all of a sudden I'm think9ng it might not be enough. It NZ the upgrade fee is $560 so I don't want to spend the extra unless I have to...would might if I had 80Gb of free space to start off, but not 50-60Gb.

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Re: 56Gb free out of the box

2013-02-07, 19:39 PM

'56 GB free out of the box' definitely isn't very appealing and doesn't sound quite right. I have a simple X120E -it came with a 320GB hard drive that I replaced with a 128GB Samsung 830 SSD. Did some tweaks: as another user suggested, I transferred the recovery partition portion onto a key drive and then deleted the partition, but then gave back most of what I gained through 'system overprovisioning' (leaving unallocated disk space) that is suggested for SSDs. Also removed a lot of bloatware.

 

FYI,  My net disk usage breakup today is as follows:

Advertised (decimal) = 128 gb 

Actual (binary) = 119.21 gb (= 128/1.024^3)

System  = -1.45 gb

Unallocated (overprov) = -11.93 gb

NET AVAILABLE = 105.83 gb

 

Used:

Windows 7 (64bit), under C:, = -21.2

Pagefile  = -2

Programs = -1.2

Programs x86 = -4.04

SWTOOLS = -2.52

AMD = -0.875 (mine is an AMD dual core machine with Radeon gr)

Users = -20.9 (of which my libraries account for 18.5) 

Various other = -0.5 (I just added up the size of a few remaining folders)

Restore points = -5.29 

NET USED = 105.83 - (everything under Used, above) = 47.3 gb

NET FREE = 105.83 - 47.3 = 57.53 gb  

ACTUAL NET FREE reported by my machine= only 48.3gb, so I'm missing 9-10gb somewhere in my calc. Again, as another user suggested, maybe allocated for Hibernation?

 

In any case, if I work backwards and see what it really would have been 'out of the box', I'd say around 105 - (25 to 30) = 75 - 80gb. The figure of  56b out of the box doesn't seem right. If it is indeed correct, it suggest tons of bloatware and / or something else I have no clue about.

 

On a related note: unless you're a big videos / images/ data hoarder, you'll do fine with a 128gb disk after you've cleaned it up and optimized it. I have used my x120e for a year and do keep photos/videos/docs but my actual net free is still 48.3 gb - I don't think I'll ever fill it up. That said, the 256 and 512gb SSDs of the same brand typically have some benefits beyond disk capacity, like faster write speeds, and in some models, automatic encryption. How much you want these additional benefits is up to you. 

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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