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How should I be configuring the page file and the system restore on my boot SSD drive ?

I have read some that I should turn off the System Restore function in Win 7 to keep from eating up space on my SSD. Is this valid ?

I have also read that I should turn off the page file as well. Some article say to leave it alone.
What is the optimal way to configure my SSD OS Boot drive. It is a 120GB.

Also is there anything I should NOT do ? I understand not defrag an SSD, but are there other normal disk management or virtual memory features of Win7 I should pay attention to ?
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There is some debate about the pagefile, some applications don't like it when you remove the pagefile (i've removed it on my SSD)

As for the system restore, I'm not a great fan of the system restore anyway. I tend to just rebuild my machine from an image which has my drivers and OS on. I vote remove it.

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DIsable system restore. I think you can move it to another drive. I personally just use 3rd party software for disk images instead of windows restore.

There are differing opinions on pagefile. I have pagefile off on my sigrig and on my last pc that had 9gb of memory. I have not had one issue related to disabling the page file. Not saying everyone won't but it works for me.
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Originally Posted by Ronsanut;12761312 
How should I be configuring the page file and the system restore on my boot SSD drive ?

Leave page file enabled.
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Originally Posted by Ronsanut;12761312 
I have read some that I should turn off the System Restore function in Win 7 to keep from eating up space on my SSD. Is this valid ?

Leave system restore on but disable hibernation if you dont use it (for space saving and to eliminate unnecessary writes to the drive).
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Also is there anything I should NOT do ? I understand not defrag an SSD, but are there other normal disk management or virtual memory features of Win7 I should pay attention to ?

Defrag should already be disabled on the drive - if not, turn it off. You can also disable prefetch and superfetch (which are linked to the defrag service).
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In my honest opinion, when configured correctly System Restore can save your *ss so many times. I was recently writing a 15-page (scientific) paper in college, and it turned out I accidentally overwrote it with a blank paper that had the same name (was going to put some bulleted notes that I needed to incorporate into my paper) I immediately freaked the heck out and started screaming. Only to realize I had set up system restore when I installed my new 2X30gb vertexes. I just right clicked the file and went to previous versions, and surely there was a version from the night before. I am never going to go without it again.
I would turn off hibernation - You're on a desktop anyways no?
Just leave the pagefile as applications can get finicky.
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http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?63273-*-Windows-7-Ultimate-Tweaks-amp-Utilities-*

This is what I did to my system.

A heads up though, something about dumping the pagefile when I turn off the computer makes the shut down take a long time. Not sure if my SSD's firmware doesn't work well with that tweak or what but all the other stuff works pretty good.
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If the Paging File is enabled, then Windows 7 takes full advantage of it every time it is more efficient to do so, even if you never use more than like 20% of your installed memory (even if you have way more memory installed than you'll ever need).

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Originally Posted by magic-man;8903050 
4: Page File. There has been much debate about this. The idea that no one needs a page file is a bunch of crap. I have tried it both ways, moitoring writes and reads, and YES, it IS used even with 8 Gigs of RAM. I left mine at 2 Gigs, but it is just fine at 1 Gig. Writes to the page file are sequential now. Page file is also read at boot time to speed things. Keep it on your SSD where it belongs.
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how do you "TEMP FILES... IF you have another NON SSD drive installed, I would move the TEMP and temporary internet files to them."
another question: doesn't superfetch run in the ram?
one more question: what do you find you need the paging file for with 8 gb ram? i have found ive never needed it for anything just curious why you think this or what you have found that needs it
Changing location of temp files: http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_change_the_location_of_windows_temporary_files.html

Changing location of IE temp files: http://malektips.com/internet-explorer-7-move-temporary-internet-files.html

Superfetch does run in Ram, but it also does a lot of reading and writing. Remember, the object of superfetch is to copy program stubs from SLOW hard disk to fast RAM. With an SSD, this is not needed, since the SSD reads so fast. I recommend you try it with it on, then try it with the service disabled. You likely will not see any slow down, actually a speed up since more RAM is available for other things and there will be a marked decrease in disk writes/accesses.

Windows 7 does use the page file IF PRESENT to keep things effecient. Several programs use it like VMWARE, some games, graphics software, MS office, etc... It will only use it when it is effecient to do so. With 8 Gigs of RAM a 1 GIG page file is plenty. Remember: the page file in Windows 7 is more sequential now, and therefore much more efficient. One of my MS sources also told me that there is some cached boot code in it to speed up boot, but to be honest, I haven't seen a difference. I can tell you that it IS smoother with even a 512 Meg page file on the SSD.
Try it both ways with your read-world load and decide for yourself. There is no bench-mark for it other than your gut. That is why it is so debated.

EDIT: 10/12/2010: I am no longer recommending that you move your temp files or internet files off the SSD. It does not increase performance, but decreases it a bit.
The original reason I recommended it was to save space if it gets tight.

So I say that this proves once and for all that if you have Windows 7 on a solid state drive, then it's better to leave the Paging File enabled, on the SSD, and at its default setting - even if you have the ability to move it to a hard drive.
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As in my guides, I recommend System Restore off (Use Windows 7 backup too keep an image) (mine is done each night at 11PM).
Page file on, set to a static value like 2048/2048 or 1024/1024 since you have 12 gigs.
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