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Windows 7: How to turn off low memory warning?

12 Jun 2010   #11
exia

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I turned off my page file, I will turn it back on now. Just a couple of questions.

1) For the page file, is it better to set a custom size or let Windows manage it? Which is better and why?
2) I have 30 OCZ Vertex SSD and 1500 GB WD Green HDD, which drive should I put the page file? I have enough space on either drive.


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12 Jun 2010   #12
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by exia View Post
I turned off my page file, I will turn it back on now. Just a couple of questions.

1) For the page file, is it better to set a custom size or let Windows manage it? Which is better and why?
2) I have 30 OCZ Vertex SSD and 1500 GB WD Green HDD, which drive should I put the page file? I have enough space on either drive.
I'd pick the SSD simply because it's faster.

I've always let Windows manage my page file and I've never had problems but if you need a certain amount of space reserved for saving things (especially on the SSD) then you may want to impose an upper limit giving your SSD room to breath.

Putting the page file on the SSD may cause it to ware out faster but that still means its life span is pretty long (probably 8+ years ,maybe a lot more), on the HDD life span isn't so much of an issue but you almost certainly won't need to impose an upper limit on the HDD unless it's almost nearly full.

Oli
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12 Jun 2010   #13
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

PF should be left on the SSD IMHO.

Technically speaking, you are better off to let Windows mange the PF size.

However, with smaller SSDs (I have a 40GB one myself) space can be a issue.
You may wish to try a smaller static PF.
In this case, I would suggest trying min and max both set at 2048MB and leave the PF on the SSD.

Im assuming youve already moved Documents, Pictures,Music, & Videos to the Spinning Drive?

If space is really that tight, you could put it on the spinner, and leave a small 400mb one the SSD, but I wouldnt reccomend it.
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12 Jun 2010   #14
exia

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I tried leaving the page file on the SSD but I don't have enough free space, I will leave it on the HDD. I never really noticed any change in performance where ever the page file is.

I have documents and pictures on the SSD. Bigger files like video and my music collection are on the HDD.
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13 Jun 2010   #15
Sbrideau

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

So, looks like the problem was that you had turned off the pagefile. I don't know why Windows still works like that, especially with the amount of RAM we have nowadays, but yeah, you need pagefile.

I'd say it depends on what you put on the SSD, but since you said you don't have enough space, maybe it's better to put it on the HDD.
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30 Jan 2014   #16
flu x

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Using a pagefile is not recommended with solid state drives (SSD) and there is no benefit.
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30 Jan 2014   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

You`re getting a low memory message with 4 GBs ? That is odd.
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30 Jan 2014   #18
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by flu x View Post
Using a pagefile is not recommended with solid state drives (SSD) and there is no benefit.
Some programs require a page file to be able run properly without getting a low/no memory error no matter how much RAM you have installed.

Having the page file on the SSD will give you better performance versus the page file being on a HDD.

Today's SSDs do not have the same wear and tear issues as the first generation thanks to the built-in TRIM support.
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30 Jan 2014   #19
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Set the page file to system managed, turn off system restore and turn off hibernation.
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30 Jan 2014   #20
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by flu x View Post
Using a pagefile is not recommended with solid state drives (SSD) and there is no benefit.
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Should the pagefile be placed on SSDs?
Yes. Most pagefile operations are small random reads or larger sequential writes, both of which are types of operations that SSDs handle well.
In looking at telemetry data from thousands of traces and focusing on pagefile reads and writes, we find that
  • Pagefile.sys reads outnumber pagefile.sys writes by about 40 to 1,
  • Pagefile.sys read sizes are typically quite small, with 67% less than or equal to 4 KB, and 88% less than 16 KB.
  • Pagefile.sys writes are relatively large, with 62% greater than or equal to 128 KB and 45% being exactly 1 MB in size.
In fact, given typical pagefile reference patterns and the favorable performance characteristics SSDs have on those patterns, there are few files better than the pagefile to place on an SSD.
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