Solid State Drive
Originally Posted by jdcrispe95
What if I set my pagefile to 200mb so then the harddrive does not have to load much of the pagefile
This is a bad idea. You might as well turn off your pagefile if you are going to make it 200mb, it is usually recommended that it is at least the same size as your ram.
You also won't notice any performance difference by doing that excpet maybe you would get less performance as that is not a big enough pagefile for windows to do the kind of memory managment it will sometimes need to do under certain loads.
The fact of the matter is that the slowest component in your system is also the one that all your programs are read from, the HDD. A mechanical drive is even worse as you have to wait for the platter to spin to the right sector to start loading a program and for the read/write head to move to that sector. You can tweak all you like but in end the speed of your hard drive is what will limit you.
I used to have a short stroked mechanical drive RAID 0 array. It was pretty fast for a two disc array:
While I could tell the array above was faster, especially at loading large programs, my SSD BLOWS
that array away at how fast programs load.
The simple fact is that as long as your drive isn't heavily fragmented, or your OS overloaded with startup items and running processes there is NO tweak you can do that will substantially decrease your program's loading time. So start saving those pennies for an SSD.
Someone else mentioned RAM disc but those are messy, you don't really have enough ram and basically as big as you make your RAM disc you'll be giving up that much system RAM.Edited by Mygaffer - 12/19/10 at 1:31pm