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I found an old PC at my friend's house and he gave it to me.Not much specs,as you can expect : Pentium class CPU (no MMX,i suppose),don't know how much RAM,quad-speed CD-ROM unit and a Quantum Fireball of about 1GB in capacity.
I was wondering if I could do something with the HDD.I have a SATA WD1200JB and as any drive working alone,when my OS runs out of RAM,pagin takes forever!
Would it be worth (in terms of system response time) it to install my OS on the Quantum Fireball and put the paging file on the WD?
Before anyone says anything,yes you can install XP or other operating systems on less than 1GB drives (Tiny XP,Tiny Server 2003 etc.)
So would it be worth it?I'm gonna re-install windows anyway,because it's been a couple of months since I last re-installed it and it's really starting to show.
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I bet that Quantum will be like molasses. It would be much more worth it to get another gig of ram.
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I bet that Quantum will be like molasses. It would be much more worth it to get another gig of ram.
What he said.

That drive will be slow as HELL. Just download HDTach and see for yourself.

A USB flash drive will probably outperform it.
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The extra gig of RAM is not an option.Actually,I need two more to keep windows from paging.But no expense can be spared for this task now.My girlfriend's GTAs are coming up and as a gift,I'm gonna go for some roses,a huge teddy and a nice place in town.Those aren't free nor cheap
So,I'm guessing that Quantum at full speed is like...what?ATA 33?It's not that bad,if I leave the paging file on the WD.At leas the paging will be faster since the OS is on the Quantum and the WD can do a single write process for the paging file instead of seeking like crazy between the OS and the paging file.
If you're still against it after this,then I'll just re-install without the Quantum.
Thanks for the reply
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A isolated page file will only be effective if it's on it's on own dedicated drive. If you use the fireball for Windows, where will you store your data? Using the same drive as the page file will eliminate the whole point of this experiment.

It would work out much better if you just use the fireball as the page file drive, as I really doubt you will use up another gig of space. I have 2 gigs of ram and my paging file never gets close to 250mb, running FruityLoops and Photoshop.
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That was the point.I wasn't talking nonsense when I said I need two more gigs of RAM.I use Firefox with many,many,many tabs (more than 90).At around 90 tabs,I have a couple hundred bytes of free RAM and my paging file is at 1.4GB
Thanks for the advice.Not that I use the WD very often,but I didn't know that the paging file needs its own drive to make the whole faster-response-time thinghy work.
Thanks again.I'm off to bed now.
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