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I have:

1x Samsung F3 1TB: Windows
RAID 0 array 2x Samsung F3 1TB: Games
1x Samsung F3 1TB: General Storage

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My intention is to put a fixed pagefile on the third drive, 1.5x the RAM (min 24GB, max 24GB).

Should I make a dedicated ~24.1GB partition at the beginning of the drive for the pagefile (to make sure it doesn't ever get fragmented?
Edited by Oubadah - 2/17/12 at 5:10pm
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What is the need to do so? Special software? Left to its default location on the C partition is fine.
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That's not optimal. In the the rare event that it ever does use the pagefile the heads have to move between the OS and pagefile (the pagefile, which has probably ended up fragmented all over the place if Windows is doing it's dynamic size thing).

If there's the option to put the pagefile on a separate disk to the OS and programs, and that disk is equal in performance to the OS disk, why would you not put it there?
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That's not optimal. In the the rare event that it ever does use the pagefile the heads have to move between the OS and pagefile.
If there's the option to put the pagefile on a separate disk to the OS and programs, and that disk is equal in performance to the OS disk, why would you not put it there?

Just because the page file is on a separate partition does not mean its on a serperate disk. If you mean you want to put the page file on a separate disk altogether then that would be the only way to make it "faster". Being on a separate partition wont do anything. I am not sure you understand how it works. Basically, the performance boost would be negligible. HDD speeds are no where even near RAM speeds, you will not notice the difference.
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 2/17/12 at 5:07pm
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Just because the page file is on a separate partition does not mean its on a serperate disk. If you mean you want to put the page file on a separate disk altogether then that would be the only reason to do so. Even then, I am not sure you understand how it works. Basically, the performance boost would be negligible. HDD speeds are no where even near RAM speeds, you will not notice the difference.

I don't think you read my first post properly. It clearly states that the pagefile will be on a different physical disk to the OS. I'm asking whether I should put it in it's own partition on that separate disk to keep it from being gradually fragmented to slower parts of the platters.

I know that any potential performance boost would be minimal. The pagefile will probably never even be used. But I'm stll interested in the best solution.
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I don't think you read my first post properly. It clearly states that the pagefile will be on a different physical disk to the OS. I'm asking whether I should put it in it's own partition on that separate disk to keep it from being gradually fragmented to slower parts of the platters.

Ah ok, sorry, I see what you are saying. But even still, you wont notice the performance. But then again, there is no reason not to move it in your case, it really doesn't matter. In most cases there is no reason to move it other than to save space or some specific software requires or recommends it like Sean said. I personally move my page file off my 50GB OS SSD and put it on my HDD just to save space.

Its really a big waste to use the fastest part of your HDD for a page file when you can use it for software where you would actually see a benefit.
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 2/17/12 at 5:16pm
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Probably not going to make any perceptible difference.

I'd advise against it simply for convenience reasons.
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The paging file is just a single system create file anyway. Your storage disks don't have that much being written to them anyways so the rate of fragmentation will be low. Window's weekly defrag will take care of that for you.

That "1.5x Rule" is outdated.

Have you ever interpreted a memory dump before? If so, set it to 16GB + 100MB.

If not, just set it to 1-2GB.
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The paging file is just a single system create file anyway. Your storage disks don't have that much being written to them anyways so the rate of fragmentation will be low.

It's mu download location, so there's a bit of activity there.
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That "1.5x Rule" is outdated.
Have you ever interpreted a memory dump before? If so, set it to 16GB + 100MB.
If not, just set it to 1-2GB.

If I was going to set it to 1-2GB, why not set it to the 16MB? I don't run any programs that can use 16GB of RAM.
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Oh man this is hopeless. Everyone on every forum, every article I read, they all have different ideas on how exactly to configure the damned pagefile/s.
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