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Hey,

I was thinking, when your loading games and it maxxes out your RAM and starts putting stuff in your page file, it takes way longer because it has to move the head back and forth.

What sort of increase would you get if you put an old 7,200rpm 8mb cache drive in and set that as your page file?

I'm hunting down one of my old drives as I speak, ill report back with the results

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Okay - change of plan - im putting two 1.2gb 7200rpm drives in - setting both of the drives as the page file (entire drives).

Does anyone recommend anything else?
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Some info \\/

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Should the file be left on Drive C:?

The slowest aspect of getting at a file on a hard disk is in head movement (‘seeking’). If you have only one physical drive then the file is best left where the heads are most likely to be, so where most activity is going on — on drive C:. If you have a second physical drive, it is in principle better to put the file there, because it is then less likely that the heads will have moved away from it. If, though, you have a modern large size of RAM, actual traffic on the file is likely to be low, even if programs are rolled out to it, inactive, so the point becomes an academic one. If you do put the file elsewhere, you should leave a small amount on C: — an initial size of 2MB with a Maximum of 50 is suitable — so it can be used in emergency. Without this, the system is inclined to ignore the settings and either have no page file at all (and complain) or make a very large one indeed on C: drive.

In relocating the page file, it must be on a ‘basic’ drive. Windows XP appears not to be willing to accept page files on ‘dynamic’ drives.

NOTE: If you are debugging crashes and wish the error reporting to make a kernel or full dump, then you will need an initial size set on C: of either 200 MB (for a kernel dump) or the size of RAM (for a full memory dump). If you are not doing so, it is best to make the setting to no more than a ‘Small Dump’, at Control Panel | System | Advanced, click Settings in the ‘Startup and Recovery’ section, and select in the ‘Write Debug information to’ panel
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so thats a 'go for it'?
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Originally Posted by The_Jester
so thats a 'go for it'?
Yeah!

But remember \\/

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you should leave a small amount on C: — an initial size of 2MB with a Maximum of 50
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The Result:

Initial Reaction

My initial reaction was 'wow' as my load times on windows, BF2 and NFS:MW halved. There was a dark side to all of this. The jittering in the games was unbearable. These drives are old and thus slow. I pushed on and moved the drives to seperate IDE channels. The jittering became only slightly better....slightly. Now, even in windows, delays are horrendous.

Conclusion

Do this, ONLY if you have a fast drive at hand. Something like a raptor, lol

I followed the recommendation to leave a small piece of the PF on C:

Notes:
1) Use fast drives on seperate IDE channels - If theyre SATA, no worries.
2) Leave a fragment on the C: drive - I used 5mb-100mb - Anything similar is fine.
3) Be careful - you dont want to kill your windows install.
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I've had a problem with loading games etc (lack of ram), so i bought another HDD off ebay just for my games.

eg, C: windows with pagefile
D: games

It was looking good but the new HDD failed and i didnt get chance to test it fully
    
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