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Windows 7: Moving Page File to another partition - Safer? Faster?

04 Jan 2012   #1
problemo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Moving Page File to another partition - Safer? Faster?

Is it a good idea to create a 10GB partition and use it solely to place page file? And then disable pagefile and use Eraser to securely free wipe the partition? Would this get rid of the contents inside pagefile for good? And does the speed and performance be affected if pagefile is in another partition?


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04 Jan 2012   #2
N0b0dy

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Hello problemo

It's better to put the page file on another internal HDD
It improve's the performance a lot i use it by myself But u can give it a try with the partition !!

Look here Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums
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04 Jan 2012   #3
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

N0b0dy is correct about performance - if you move the paging file for performance, you should move it to another hard disk entirely. Moving it to a separate partition will not improve performance at all (in fact, if the partition is towards the outside of the physical platter(s), it can actually be slower). If you're looking simply to reduce fragmentation, turn the paging file off, defragment the drive, then turn it back on to a fixed size.

As to keeping the paging file clean, you can set the paging file to be cleared by Windows itself when you shut down or reboot the machine, which should achieve similar results.
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04 Jan 2012   #4
problemo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I heard different opinions on the pagefile delete option at shutdown. Some say it doesn't do a thorough job at it. That's why I wanted to disable it at certain times and free wipe the whole partition. Would this take care of the pagefile contents that was previously there?
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04 Jan 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you have a larger RAM (3GB or more), the pagefile will hardly ever be used - you can check that in Resource Monitor > Memory tab, the graph in the bottom right. In such a case, moving the pagefile makes no sense at all.

If you have e.g. 1GB of RAM, it will make sense to move it to another disk. 2GB of RAM is borderline and will depend a lot on the applications you run.
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