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Question about Windows Pagefile

By altheman
Mar 29, 2006
  1. Hi all, is it a good idea to move my pagefile from the boot partition to a second partition where i store all my data, work, programs, etc. i've read some articles where they dont recommend this, but i made a boot partition of only 5gb, so ill have to move it or resize the boot partition.
     
  2. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    yes. moving your page file to a second partition or drive is very smart along with moving your temporary internet files to a second partition or hard drive. Your primary partition will not fragment as much. It is not necessary to resize or move the boot partition, however, allow ample room for windows updates.
     
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    what I did was
    use 2nd drive the first partition made it 2gb file format to fat32
    put the pagefile there
    I don't need for most apps
    but my photoshop likes it loads real fast now
    you can look at the recycle bin and change size and even remove from some of the drives
    the temp thing is great as Tedster suggested
    you can go into
    right click my computer/ go to properties/advanced/ environment variables
    make new path for temp files
     
  5. altheman

    altheman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 425

    one other question:

    i was changing some settings, and i came to the crash dump options. i chose small dump, and then windows gave me a warning that if C: doesnt have a pagefile, a crash dump might not be generated. i have a pagefile on paritition E:, so i will a dump still be generated if i get a bsod?
     
  6. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

  7. altheman

    altheman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 425

    ok, ill change the settings later on so there is a minimum on C:. thanks for your help.
     
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,321   +618

    don't add swap space across partitions ... you're yanking the disk arm needlessly
    and therefore having a negative impact on paging performance.

    adding swap spaces on multiple HDs is a great idea.
     
  9. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    the page file is not on another partition it is on another disc
    go to the settings I told you to and put your temp file with the drive that has you page file
    shhsh

    right click my computer/ go to properties/advanced/ environment variables

    the 2nd drive will have more than one partition on it
    the first being the pagefile dos sytem
    it is very simple really
    if you don't have a 2nd drive leave it alone if you have 1gb or more of memory most apps will not use it (ulead is an exception )
     
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