swap file

By cogenmaster ยท 10 replies
Jan 18, 2003
  1. Hi All,

    I have a 30 gig 7200 and 10 gig 7200 both maxtors. Would there be any benefit of placing the swap file on the 10 gig d: drive?
    If so how is this done? Thanks

    soyo dragon mobo
    512 DDR
    amd 1700
    geforce 3
    sound blaster audigy platinum
    windows XP
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    it might be, yes. a seperate HDD is good for the swap file, and if its on a seperate IDE controller as well, then you MAY get some better results. its certainly worth looking at.

    you would create a partition at the start of this disk. since you have 512MB RAM, I would create a partition about 1 GB. You may as well format this with NTFS. Give it a drive letter like z: or something, since you will not be opening this drive often or at all.

    Now, right click "My Computer" and select properties, advanced, performance options, virtual memory, change...

    find your drive letter with your OS on there (i.e. c:) or whatever. Now, select that drive. make initial size 2 MB and maximum size 2 MB. click set.

    Now, select the z: drive, make initial size 256MB and max 768MB. This might be tweaked later, but it will give you a good start. Click set.

    You will then have to reboot your machine to make these changes.
  3. cogenmaster

    cogenmaster TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 117

    new partition

    Sounds easy enough but one question? My D: drive has all my backups and is currently formatted in Fat32. Will repartioning and creating the 1 gig NTFS partition at all effect current data? Thanks

  4. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    You may want to play around with the size of the swapfile. I found that on this machine, 345MB seems to be the best size. I have 1.5GB physical memory in it. On another machine with 768MB physical memory, I found that 300MB Swapfile worked best on it. Yet another machine with 256MB physical memory has a 400MB swapfile. These settings were tested in various situations and I concluded that they were the best for each of the configurations. The first machine has XP on it, the other two run 2K. Other than the size, do all of what Phant said above. The size is subjective and everyone and their brother has an opinion about the size (or lack) of the swapfile. I do agree that 1.5x physical memory is usually best, but if you have copious amounts of RAM, you might want to shrink the swapfile to a size that is large enough for your needs but not too large. If you have a 1GB Swap and never use more than 30MB of it, that is wasted space.
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I have my swapfile set to 250mb minimum and 1024 maximum (512mb of memory in my system). It never peaks over 250mb for games or heavy, normal usage. When working with multiple graphics programs etc.. (I'm quite a power user), it does break the 250mb limit. But it does not matter since my partition is on its own partition.
  6. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I'm using 294MB as it is. I've seen it up to 900, however. Min is 768, Max is 2050. Own partition as well, but I sometimes put large files on there just as a temporary store.
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    It depends on what tools you will use. There are programs like PartitionMagic that let you resize/move/create partitions without losing data. More basic tools like fdisk mean complete data loss on affected partitions.
  8. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    if you are worried about data loss cogenmaster, then post your current partition setup here and we will talk about it.
  9. cogenmaster

    cogenmaster TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 117

    Dos Boot Partition

    While I am picking your brains, I have another question. Can I create a Dos boot partition with Windows XP. I don't have a floppy drive on my machine and I cannot find the bootable CD I made. I remember when I upgraded 98 to 2000 at boot up you could choose to boot into MSDOS or Windows 2000. Is this possible with Windows XP. Thank You. Eric
  10. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 592

    bootable xp

    //winxp.bink.nu website
  11. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    you can format with fat32, sure. if you wanna boot into DOS, you need a boot disk, windows 98/ME, or you need to do some serious mucking around with DOS files, etc, which if you have anyway then you have the floppy.

    You could download boot images from www.bootdisk.com to make a bootable CD for DOS I am sure I remember someone saying.
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