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I have a backup WD drive 500 GB. I'm going to do a full disk encryption on it and since I have my page file on there, should I create a separate partition for it? Maybe 5 or 10 GB? Since the paging file will be about 4 GB.
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yes but i would make that partition first since the inner edge of the spindle for the hd will provide a max efficiency of the page file. And are you using your OS's encryption?
 
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Originally Posted by terraprime View Post
yes but i would make that partition first since the inner edge of the spindle for the hd will provide a max efficiency of the page file. And are you using your OS's encryption?
Nope. I'm going to use DBAN to wipe clean my HDD so I can start out fresh. That way I can have my paging file all together and towards the inner portion of the drive. I will be using TrueCrypt to encrypt the partition with AES. This will be a backup drive, not my Windows OS.

How big should I make the partition, 10 GB?
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post #4 of 8
depends on what you do...if gaming then 5gb will do fine but if you do heavy memory stuff then 10gb would be fine...or find out your peak page file size with the usual things you do then set it about a gigabyte more then that...
 
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plus you also go to remember that your pagefile is supposed to be 1.5 times bigger than your installed physical ram anyways..
 
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post #6 of 8
There really is not much benefit to putting a page file on a separate partition. You can control framentation a bit better, and keep it on the outer edge of the drive, but the overhead of going to another partion, and the access delay of keeping it from other data, might erase any potential performance improvement.

As for page file size, really depends on how much ram you have. If you have tons of ram you certainly don't need 1.5x that amount as a page file.
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well as if you didnt notice tho its on a different hard drive tho...so there wont be any real delay...hell maybe like a couple seconds....if the reading heads are like at the very outer edge...other then that he should see a good improvement if ram should ever become a problem...but i doubt that will with 4gb, unless your using a 64bit OS. but in the end it really depends on what works for your liking. cause i do know that with my pc running XP pro SP2 running for 3days straight from playing The Witchers, 24/7 bit torrent with F@H and other odds and ends with 2gb of ram my page file has even hit 1gb in size. but in all reality i would leave the page file on your OS drive and let windows manage it since the performance increase is very little especially in your case since the amount of ram you have.
 
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post #8 of 8
I honestly think it will be more hassle than what its worth.

Just buy more RAM if you want a slight performance increase.
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