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Windows 7: pagefile.sys

19 Apr 2011   #1
stereo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
pagefile.sys

Hello. I have 2 x WD6400 AAKS. I have the pagefile.sys on my second hdd.
With 3 GB DDR3 triple channel is it safe to disable the pagefile.sys ?
What's the best settings ? Please give me some advices. Thanks.


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19 Apr 2011   #2
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Better to just let Windows manage it.
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19 Apr 2011   #3
stereo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Better to just let Windows manage it.
Should i remove it from the second hdd to C ( first hdd ) ??
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19 Apr 2011   #4
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Hi stereo

I use two HDDs, C. holds my OS and D. holds all my programs, and as logicearth said let Windows manage it
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19 Apr 2011   #5
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi,

I would advise the following...

1, Disable the page file setup on all drives, reboot machine
2, Set C: as the only drive with a page file setup

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If you want to use a manual pagefile setup then I'd suggest setting it to 1.5x your physical memory


This will remove all pagefile.sys files and reset a dedicated pagefile to C: only.


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19 Apr 2011   #6
scrotiny

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stereo View Post
Hello. I have 2 x WD6400 AAKS. I have the pagefile.sys on my second hdd.
With 3 GB DDR3 triple channel is it safe to disable the pagefile.sys ?
What's the best settings ? Please give me some advices. Thanks.
I have always used two drives for my systems with a fixed pagefile on the first partition of the second drive. Currently on the Win 7 system I have 4 GB of memory and a fixed pagefile of 4 GB also. It is rarely used it seems and when I ran without a pagefile there was little difference. Having a pagefile or not and letting Windows manage it is not just about performance but also a security issue. If your computer is stolen then there is the possibility of sensitive data being retrieved from the pagefile. The likelihood of this happening can be minimised by clearing the pagefile on shutdown and by having one of fixed size. I must add that I do not do intensive memory hungry tasks or gaming which might necessitate letting Windows manage the pagefile but if I did then I would still follow my philosophy but with a suitably sized pagefile that showed my system could cope.

I think that the benefits of two drives for a system cannot be stressed highly enough together with suitable partitions. It takes nearly half the time to image to a separate drive and then copy this to the imaged drive than image to a partition on the same drive. Of course it is always better too from the aspect of drive failure having two drives. Having two drives then provides the perfect place to have the pagefile located. This setup works for me and many others I think which doesn't just assume performance is the sole issue.
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19 Apr 2011   #7
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

I would Put it on C:\ Drive only and let windows Manage it because if you remove the other Drive it could cause problems...
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19 Apr 2011   #8
stereo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
I would Put it on C:\ Drive only and let windows Manage it because if you remove the other Drive it could cause problems...
So i did. Thanks a lot.
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19 Apr 2011   #9
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

No Problem , I will now mark this thread as Solved...
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20 Apr 2011   #10
Ztruker

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

I always beleived it was better to have the pagefile on a separate hard drive if possible as it can reduce hard drive head contention. By this I mean if you are running a program that is reading from or writing to the hard drive and a page fault occurs, the head has to be moved from where it is to the pagefile area, do it's thing, then move back to where it was. If the pagefile is on a 2nd hard drive then no additional head movement occurs on the 1st drive. I've not read anything anywhere that indicates this is different for Windows 7.

Also, if you have the pagefile on a 2nd drive and remove that drive, Windows (any version) will then create one on the boot drive. I believe it's worked that way since Win 95. You will probably get an error message but Windows will still boot and run okay.
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