Space For Win 7 Pro 64 Upgrade
Six years ago I had a machine custom built. It has served me well under WinXP/Pro. Pity MS couldn't make a business of an annual fee to continue patching it a few more years. I would have (grudgingly) paid $20-25/year.
Here are the original specs
1 x Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4 GHz) Quad Core Retail
1 x CPU Retail Cooler
1 x Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P Intel P35 ATX Retail
1 x Corsair XMS DDR2-1066 2 GB EPP TwinX Pack
2 x Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM OEM
1 x Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 7,200 RPM OEM
1 x SIIG 9-in-1 R/W + FDD.
1 x Samsung DRW-S203NB Lightscribe S-ATA 20X DVD+\-RW drive OEM
1 x Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 PCIe 512 MB Retail
1 x Lian Li PC-B25B
1 x Seasonic S12-HT 650W 80% Efficiency Power Supply
1 x Microsoft Windows XP Professional OEM
I subsequently added another 500 GB HDD so that both sets of drives can be run in RAID1
I ran the Windows Upgrade Advisor Report. I'm warned that the drive space on the smaller drives for is a bit short of what I need. Here's an analysis from TreeSizeFree
26.4 Documents & Settings
10.5 Program Files
2.1 Page Files
1.9 System Volume Information
70.5 Grand Total
I know I need some free space for efficient use of the disks. I have lots of space on the 500 GB drives. Is it straightforward under Win 7 to move the Program Files off the C drive?
I ran into this 2006 column by George Ou this afternoon.
How higher RPM hard drives rip you off.
It makes me feel better about the program files being on the larger 'slower' drives. Does this approach make sense?
Also, is there a memory expert on the forum?
The Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P has room for four DDR2 memory sticks. I'm inclined to get 8 GB (4 x 2 GB)
Gigabyte provides these as qualified products at this level:
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I've seen claims of 'unstable operation' with the 1066 memory even though it should be supported. Should I expect more stable operation with the 800? I don't game, but I often open PhotoShop while browsing (with many windows/tabs in windows open) and with them also Word, Exel, and Acrobat Professional.
Thanks for any insights.