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The title says it all... Since pagefile acts like RAM (supposedly), would it be beneficial if I transferred it to the beginning of the drive (since it's in the end of the drive currently)?

The theory is... Since the outer part of the drive spin faster, if I put pagefile there, then it should perform faster too.

Any thoughts guys?

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For the past 3 days I have been monitoring my system; focusing on RAM usage and pagefile, running Everest Ultimate nonstop, I found out that I only use about 800mb (peak) of pagefile and averages at about 200+mb. I was thinking of reducing the harddrive space allocated to pagefile from 2gb to 1gb.


I was wondering if it's gonna be beneficial. Cause seriously, I don't see myself using 100% of my RAM, mostly it's just 1gb of usage, only peaking at 90% usage when I do stress tests. And I don't multi-task at all. Well... Maybe surfing the net while watching a movie or listening on iTunes, but that's it.


Or should I just turn it off, maybe after I grab another 2gb of RAM?

Edited by tryagainplss - 3/7/11 at 6:47am
    
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1.) Is it benaficile to reduce it/increase it? Depends on your OS. Typically the OS does a good job of manageing the page file. With page file it is much better to be safe than sorry.

Personally, I would leave it at 2 Gb. If you set the max to 1Gb, and you somehow end up needing more than 1Gb your system will freak out and grind to a hault. I personally have as much page file as i have RAM, but that might be overkill.

2.) For most people, turning off your page file is typically a bad idea. Some programs like to run on the page file reguardless of how much ram you have. These are typically low priority applications running in the background.

Also, if you have Windows "automatically" manage it, it should shrink it and expand it as necessary. Windows 7 does a pretty good job of this. I have had problems with XP automatically managing it in the past.

Edit: Also, i have heard of people with 6Gb and 8Gb of ram turning off the page file and everything being just fine. Haveing 4Gb of RAM and no page file seems cutting it close in my book.

Edit: Boxxy is not scary! ;-)
Edited by crimsontears809739 - 1/28/11 at 7:39am
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Originally Posted by crimsontears809739;12175067 
1.) Is it benaficile to reduce it/increase it? Depends on your OS. Typically the OS does a good job of manageing the page file. With page file it is much better to be safe than sorry.

Personally, I would leave it at 2 Gb. If you set the max to 1Gb, and you somehow end up needing more than 1Gb your system will freak out and grind to a hault.

2.) For most people, turning off your page file is typically a bad idea. Some programs like to run on the page file reguardless of how much ram you have. These are typically low priority applications running in the background.

I see.
    
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Well its a simple case of how desperately do you need that extra gb of hard drive space weighed against the fact that it could cause programs to stop functioning correctly and possibly cause data corruption. If you need that extra 1 gb of space so badly then you should look at buyibg extra hard drives tbh.
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Originally Posted by fashric;12175103 
If you need that extra 1 gb of space so badly then you should look at buyibg extra hard drives tbh.

I really need to upgrade my system, do I?

I don't have voltage control, only 2gb of RAM, and no onboard raid
    
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Imo you should leave your pagefile alone and allow it to be properly managed by windows. wink.gif
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No pagefile, no problems.

It lowers HDD activity, you gain a few GB (depending on its size). Which isn't a big deal, because of the size of HDDs these days, but I like to keep my installs small.
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The title says it all... Since pagefile acts like RAM (supposedly), would it be beneficial if I transferred it to the beginning of the drive (since it's in the end of the drive currently)?

The theory is... Since the outer part of the drive spin faster, if I put pagefile there, then it should perform faster too.

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Try it and see.

I have a defrag program called ultimatedefrag by disktrix that lets you literally pull up an image of your hard drive and choose what file goes where. You can manually place the pagefile or any other file on the outer edge of the disk. I love it.

My pagefile is towards the outside edge but not the very outermost.

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1DVikosi84[/ame]
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Try it and see.

I'll see, is ultimatedefrag free though?
    
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