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Windows 7: Pagefile.sys -can this be deleted/ emptied?

08 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
Pagefile.sys -can this be deleted/ emptied?

Hi I am running out of space on my C drive and this pagefile.sys is massive like 1.9 gig

Can this be moved/ deleted/ cleaned over its cache if it has one?


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08 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

All your questions are answered in this thread.

How to move paging file to another physical hdd in Win7

I notice you have just 2 gig ram and a dual boot setup. Upgrade your RAM to the max possible, that'll really help.
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08 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)

hey thanks for that. Really? So if I re-place the actual 2 GIG RAM to like 4 GIG that will improve things?

The issue I think is that I dont think I can go any higher, (for this make of laptop) but I could be wrong, (I hope!)

Thanks for your help as allways
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08 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

I suspect you got me wrong. More ram always helps, as you may know the minimum recommended for win7 is 2 gig. The pagefile (virtual memory) is just a part of your hard disk that acts like RAM when the system falls short of real ram. A lot of folks with lots of ram even disable the pagefile, though I would not recommend it.

Adding RAM will not add space to your C: drive but it'll give you a performance boost.
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08 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

I would recommend that you get a larger hard disk. 2gigs of free space is not much and I would be willing to bet that it slows down your machine. It is probably fragmented as programs try to store data all over your disk.

The price of hard disks is getting lower and lower. Just advice, not a sermon. <GG>

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08 Feb 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

+1 for larger HD being your most cost effective move.
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08 Feb 2011   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

you may have a lot of 'crap' on your drive, using up valuable space.

try typing cleanup into your start-menu searchbox, and select 'disk cleanup' from the results.

this may give you some more room on your drive. otherwise, get a bigger one.
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08 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8) fact i bought a SSD which is only 120 gig but it is really fast and quiet.

If I upgrade the RAM that will help wont it?
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08 Feb 2011   #9
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

doubling your ram wouldn't hurt - but it won't save you any hard disk space. if you're using 32bit windows, you'll only get to see about 3.5, not the full 4 gigs.

have you deleted your hibernation file? that'll probably be 2 gigs...

Hibernate - Enable or Disable
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29 Jul 2011   #10

window 7
Why does the pagefile.sys is on my other drive?

f your drive is just a partition, then there will be no performance gain as the read and write head will be flying all over the place. But, if your disk E is on another hard drive then it would be a gain; Windows will be able to handle multiple I?O requests faster.
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