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Virtual Memory?

By cosmos100 ยท 5 replies
Dec 11, 2007
  1. Hey guys,

    As the title may suggest I'm a little curious about virtual memory.

    I know what it does basically expanding your RAM into your HDD (if I'm wrong sorry).

    I know how to access it ect ect. Just wondering... are there any general rules of thumb when expanding it? Can you go too far with it? Basically this is due to work, I get error codes about it now and again and general jab away at it and it works (I know Im terrible but I wasn't given the worlds best training)

    for instance mine is -

    Space available - 205647 MB

    Intial siza - 1536 MB
    Max size - 3072 MB

    I think my virtual memory is fine, just could do with making more sence of it all.

    Cheers guys :D
  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,123

  3. cosmos100

    cosmos100 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    I really need to use wiki more often...
  4. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    Windows 'Help and Support' is a good source for answers to many O.S. questions. It's amazing how often it is overlooked. It says your "V.M." should be 1.5 times the size of your ram,. In my case that would be 6 Gigs. I only run 1500 mb's.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    I think that 1.5x your physical RAM is a good guideline up until about the 1GB mark of physical RAM. After that you can be pretty safe setting it to something lower.

    On my machines I always fix the minimum and maximum size, this prevents a growing and shrinking file on your hard drive, which can reduce the rate of fragmentation.
  6. Gavin_Capacitor

    Gavin_Capacitor TS Rookie Posts: 47

    I had an idea about virtual memory (kinda stolen from the Vista thing).
    Would it be beneficial to buy, say a 2GB flash drive and set XP to use that for virtual memory (no other virtual memory set, use the whole 2GB flash drive). It would be alot faster than switching out to the HDD and you HDD would run alot faster since it wouldn't have to seek for the memory.
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