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So I have the opportunity to get a 36GB raptor (8 MB cache) in a trade from some parts. I've been wanting to get a small fast drive like this just for my OS, but I'm wondering (and haven't found a definite answer) if I could put Vista Ultimate x64 on it. I've read some things about pagefile being to big for it? Not familar with what that is really at all. Please a help a bit of an OS noob.

I do realize it calls for a 40GB drive, but right now, my windows folder takes up 18.4 gigs and I'd really really love to have an OS like a raptor.

Thanks for any help you can offer .
 
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post #2 of 17
I don't think there will be a problem.

Should get 4GB more of RAM (soon, because prices will rise).
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Just go for 64bit. Utilize 4gb of RAM in the future, and is backwards compatible with all of your 32 bit software.
As for pagefile...? Aren't there options to turn that on and off, and how much you want dedicated?
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pez, in WinXP you can manually designate which drive, or which partition, for your page file to go on. On my current setup, I have the OS on the first partition of the primary HDD, and the page file on the first partition of the secondary HDD.

As far as the size of the page file goes, there are many conflicting ideas. In my experience, though, I have set the size of the page file to be 1.5 times the amount of the RAM installed. Since the page file is easily manipulated in my setup (because it is on its own dedicated partition on a secondary HDD), I was able to experiment with all sorts of sizes. My findings showed that the current setup is best for my setup.

Good luck, and hope this helps.
    
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Originally Posted by txtmstrjoe View Post
pez, in WinXP you can manually designate which drive, or which partition, for your page file to go on. On my current setup, I have the OS on the first partition of the primary HDD, and the page file on the first partition of the secondary HDD.

As far as the size of the page file goes, there are many conflicting ideas. In my experience, though, I have set the size of the page file to be 1.5 times the amount of the RAM installed. Since the page file is easily manipulated in my setup (because it is on its own dedicated partition on a secondary HDD), I was able to experiment with all sorts of sizes. My findings showed that the current setup is best for my setup.

Good luck, and hope this helps.
Joe is smart. I'll have to try that, Thanks for the info Joe!



I'd say 64 myself having played with Vista 64 and currently running XP. The 64 just ran all over XP.
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I'm basically just asking if I'll be able to put Vista Ultimate x64 on a 36gb raptor without eventually getting some type of error telling me like my OS can't run b/c it's out of space. That's why I was saying the windows folder is only 18.4 gigs just for the purposes of knowing if I'll be able to do it.

EDIT: I do plan getting another 2 gigs from Blitz of matching RAM. Also, what exactly is pagefile? I was just reading some people having a conflict b/c of that? Is it something that I should worry about?
 
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Quote:
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I'm basically just asking if I'll be able to put Vista Ultimate x64 on a 36gb raptor without eventually getting some type of error telling me like my OS can't run b/c it's out of space. That's why I was saying the windows folder is only 18.4 gigs just for the purposes of knowing if I'll be able to do it.

EDIT: I do plan getting another 2 gigs from Blitz of matching RAM. Also, what exactly is pagefile? I was just reading some people having a conflict b/c of that? Is it something that I should worry about?
you should be just fine with the OS on a 36GB HDD.
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I dont care what anyone says, i had vista ultimate installed on a 18.4Gb partition on a 30gb harddrive
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i think your missing the point.
x86 is for 3gb of ram or less
x64 is for 4gb or more

they do not have to do with the Hard drive that is used
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Yeah, 64 bit all the way

No compatibility issues, and it runs really, really fast

Also yeah, those Raptors are fast.
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