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Windows 7: Can't create Page File on external HDD

18 Feb 2011   #1

Win 7 HP 32bit - sp1
Can't create Page File on external HDD

Hi All

I have attempted to place my page file to an external disk via USB I:, on my Win 7 HP system as I had on my old Vista HP system, to assist in performance.

After setting no pf on C: going through the motions on re-start I get a message indicating that windows has by default created a pf on C:, (I take it this is for memory dump purposes) & on checking the external disk no pf was created although in advanced settings dialogue box a “system managed” text is indicated against drive I:, the funny thing is on C: the page file size was exactly the same prior to change even though no page file is indicated for C: in the dialogue box.

I tried again leaving a 200mb fixed sized pf for the memory dump on C: but got exactly the same response, system managed pf on I: where no pf exists on the drive.

NB. C: drive has a partition D: by default, of 1 GB.

Has anyone experienced & resolved a similar problem with their own system?

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18 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

I don't believe the operating system will allow you to place your page file on an external drive as it is not normally available at boot time. If you have enough memory then there is a school of thought that you can turn off the page file.

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