Quote: Originally Posted by TBeblen
One thing I can tell you is to connect only one drive when you install Windows 7. This will assure that the OS and System Reserved partition goes on the drive you want.
The page file should be on C: with the OS. If you have more than 4 gig of RAM it will not be necessary to have a larger or secondary page file in most instances.
Hmmm, I don't have the same opinions here. I see no reason you need to have only one drive connected. I have never had an OS try to install where it did not belong, unless the install routine discovered another installation of Windows on the drive already - but even then, careful reading of the prompts before clicking will take care of that.
I agree with Bill2 the Page File does not need to go on C drive either. There is little benefit to putting it on another "partition" as the boot partition - because there is only one read/write head assembly which can only be in one spot at a time. But as Bill2 noted, if the PF is on a secondary drive, the OS can access critical system files on C and at the same time, access the PF on another drive - because there are two read/write head assemblies.
The only downside to not having a PF on the boot drive is there will be no memory dumps, in the event of a system failure. These dumps are what you send to Microsoft when Windows Explorer reports it encountered a problem. But the reality is, do you ever send those dumps? Me neither. If a concern, you can always have more than one PF, but I never do.
Finally, as far as managing the PF, let Windows do it! It is smarter than you and me at determining what it needs - I promise you of that. Especially Windows 7. The only time you need to manage the PF is if you are critically low on free disk space. Then you may need to set a fixed PF size. But that is a temporary measure until you buy more or free up space.
Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2
Generally one keeps the OS and program files on the same partition because programs may install files not just in their own directory but also in windows directories plus they create registry entries, startup shortcuts etc. Some programs will not run if installed outside C:\program files.
Well, here I have to disagree with Bill2 a bit. It is very rare for a program to not run outside of C:\Program Files. If it won't, it most likely will not prompt you for a install location, it will just install. But it must be remembered that MANY people have more than one drive, or maybe more than one OS installed. So MANY people have Windows installed on a drive other than C.
My C drives (starting with Windows 3.11) contain only Windows and my hardware drivers. All my applications (Office, security programs, email, etc.) are installed on D - and note the install routing correctly configures the Registry with D. I also move My Documents, My Downloads, My Music, and Windows default temporary file locations too - to keep my C drive from getting crowded with applications, or cluttered with tiny temporary files.
I do this for the same reason to put the PF on a second drive, the OS can access system files the same time it accesses application files. If you put all your applications on the same drive as the OS, the one read/write head assembly can only access the OS or application files at any one time.
Also, if you put all your application on the boot drive, if that drive fails, you lose everything, and I mean everything.