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Can I use a USB 3.0 SATA HDD docking bay to set Windows paging file?

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I'm getting a laptop soon, but I think it only comes with 1 SATA port in the hard drive bay.. Assuming that's the case... and I weren't be able to add an extra hard drive.. Could I use a USB 3.0 SATA hard drive docking bay (which claims to have an up to 5 Gb/sec transfer rate) to plug in a SATA hard drive and set the windows paging file onto it?

I would either use it for the paging file or to set photoshop's "scratch disk" and at least for photoshop it would definitively improve the performance (not so sure about the paging file, I've read some people say it's better to keep it on the main drive, so if you can clear me out on that too please do)

Here's the link to the Amazon page of the docking bay, with specs etc.:

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Why would you need a Windows Paging File?

The Windows Virtual memory is a place allocated on your hard drive (usually somewhere in the middle of the free space) that windows stores extra data from your RAM banks when that data isn;t being immediately used but may be needed in the near future. By default this file is not static and can grow or shrink within certain system-set limits. On most systems this is absolutely critical to system performance, but on higher end machiens with large memory banks it can actually slow the system up. Below I will list several general settings for this pagefile and offer some tweaks to get it to perform at it's best.
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Why would you need a Windows Paging File?

The Windows Virtual memory is a place allocated on your hard drive (usually somewhere in the middle of the free space) that windows stores extra data from your RAM banks when that data isn;t being immediately used but may be needed in the near future. By default this file is not static and can grow or shrink within certain system-set limits. On most systems this is absolutely critical to system performance, but on higher end machiens with large memory banks it can actually slow the system up. Below I will list several general settings for this pagefile and offer some tweaks to get it to perform at it's best.
Thanks, I haven't upgraded my equipment in a really long time.. so I'm not up to date with stuff like that, but good to know.

As for photoshop's scratch disk, it does improve performance a lot to set it to another hard drive.. So I'd still need to know if a USB 3.0 SATA HD bay would have a fast enough transfer rate to compare it to a regular SATA drive... (I know a regular USB 2.0 drive wouldn't work cause of the low data transfer rate).

So if you could tell me if it sounds like it would work it would be great.
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Thanks, I haven't upgraded my equipment in a really long time.. so I'm not up to date with stuff like that, but good to know.

As for photoshop's scratch disk, it does improve performance a lot to set it to another hard drive.. So I'd still need to know if a USB 3.0 SATA HD bay would have a fast enough transfer rate to compare it to a regular SATA drive... (I know a regular USB 2.0 drive wouldn't work cause of the low data transfer rate).

So if you could tell me if it sounds like it would work it would be great.
Yes, USB 3.0 should allow the full SATA speed to be realized, with some slight latency.

Which laptop did you buy?

I can see from your sig rig that you've not purchased a computer in a few years, and I can tell you that these days, scratch disks are also quite redundant.
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Yes, USB 3.0 should allow the full SATA speed to be realized, with some slight latency.

Which laptop did you buy?

I can see from your sig rig that you've not purchased a computer in a few years, and I can tell you that these days, scratch disks are also quite redundant.
Sorry hadn't signed in in a while.

I got a Gateway NV55S04u.
CPU: "AMD Llano" A6 3400m APU
GPU: Radeon 6520G
RAM: 4 Gb (expandable to 8) soDIMM DDR3 1066 Mhz / PC3-8500
HD: 500 Gb

And I'm actually having an issue with the CPU, it's supposed to be 1.4Ghz by default and "able to reach 2.4 Ghz with Turbo Core".

But to my surprise now, Gateway doesn't include any option to enable Turbo Core at the BIOS... actually no CPU or RAM related settings, they said at their tech support chat it's "a safety measure" and there's nothing they can do about it.

I'd have to say it's been quite disappointing, I could have picked a Toshiba Satellite that had the exact same components and was just around $25 more expensive, and I've seen other people have no issues enabling Turbo Core in them.

By any chance.. do you know anything about some way to enable it within windows (Win 7)? Or some method with some overclocking software that could raise it to at least 2.0 Ghz?

Initially I was trying to avoid that to keep the warranty... But seeing their tech support has trouble understanding that Turbo Core is an AMD technology and it's not "overclocking" (as they told me and refused to help because of that...) I think they can keep their frustrating costumer service to themselves and I'll work my way around without it.. lol..
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Sorry hadn't signed in in a while.

I got a Gateway NV55S04u.
CPU: "AMD Llano" A6 3400m APU
GPU: Radeon 6520G
RAM: 4 Gb (expandable to 8)
HD: 500 Gb

I'm actually having an issue with the CPU, it's supposed to be 1.4Ghz by factory default and "able to reach 2.4 Ghz with Turbo Core".

But to my surprise now, Gateway doesn't include any option to enable Turbo Core at the BIOS... actually no CPU or RAM related settings, apparently it's a BIOS designed for old ladies that might accidentally press F2 at startup and burn something... they said at their tech support chat it's "a safety measure" ...

I'd have to say it's been quite disappointing, I could have picked a Toshiba Satellite that had the exact same components and was just around $25 more expensive, and I've seen other people have no issues enabling Turbo Core in them.

By any chance.. do you know anything about some way to enable it within windows (Win 7)? Or some method with some overclocking software that could raise it to at least 2.0 Ghz?

Initially I was trying to avoid that to keep the warranty... But seeing their tech support has trouble understanding that Turbo Core is an AMD technology and it's not "overclocking" (as they told me and refused to help because of that...) I think they can keep their frustrating service to themselves and I'll work my way around without it..
AMD Overdrive is your best bet methinks.
But test it VERY well with IBT and Prime95.
Software overclocking can be a little dodgy.
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