Question How much storage should Windows take up on my laptop?

Aug 29, 2019
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My laptop: Aspire A715-71G.

My specs:

CPU
  • CPU Type: Intel Core i7 7th Gen
  • CPU Speed: 7700HQ (2.80 GHz)
  • Number of Cores: Quad-core Processor
  • Turbo Frequency: Up to 3.80 GHz
  • CPU L3 Cache: 6 MB
Operating Systems
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
Graphics
  • GPU/VPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
  • Video Memory: 2 GB
  • Graphic Type: Dedicated Card
Storage
  • HDD: 5400 RPM 1 TB
  • HDD Interface: SATA
  • SSD (which I added): Crucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND M.2 Type 2280 Internal SSD
Memory
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Memory Slot (Total)
  • Max Memory Supported: 32 GB
  • LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps
  • WLAN: 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring 2x2 MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Communications
  • LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps
  • WLAN: 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring 2x2 MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
With all of that being said, 429 GB free of 465 GB is available on my SSD. Should the Windows file be taking up that much storage? I ran a couple of disk cleanups and they didn't erase much, which leaves me to assume that this is just normal. Is that the case?
 
A bit of empty space will also be reserved for the recycle bin...(not as bad as the 10% allocated in years of earlier OS versions in the past, but, wasted space nonetheless...)

You might be able manually reclaim several GB of space by setting the desired recycle bin size manually, if you'd prefer...(I set mine to just ~4 GB or so....)
 

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