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Windows 7: Where should I put my Pagefile.sys and how do I move it?

06 Aug 2012   #1
orlando1974

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Where should I put my Pagefile.sys and how do I move it?

Hi, I have a 128GB SSD as primary drive (OS & programs) and have read about some people putting the pagefile.sys (swap) on a separate hard drive to increase performance. Could someone guide me as to whether or not I should move my page file and how to do it? I have 32GB DDR3-RAM, which I mention because apparently this has something to do with it...

Hopefully, Ive posted in an appropriate forum...


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06 Aug 2012   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.


Start with a look through the info in this tutorial at the link below.

How to Change the Virtual Memory Paging File in Vista and Windows 7

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06 Aug 2012   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I don't normally suggest doing anything with the pagefile, but given the amount of system memory you have, you could always confine it to a static 2 GB file, and leave it on C.

Some may suggest disabling it, but that would be a horrible suggestion. To keep your stability, you'll definitely want to leave it enabled, but I would be surprised if you needed anything above 2 GB.
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06 Aug 2012   #4
orlando1974

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have a separate 100GB 7200PM SATA drive lying around. Would installing this to only be used as page file make my system any better? Or would that extra 100GB drive best be used for storing things like downloads, documents, music etc?
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06 Aug 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I fully agree with Deacon. Leave the pagefile on the SSD and reduce the size to 2GB. That's how I handle it on 6 systems with SSDs and never had a problem. The only capability you lose is a full memory dump in case of a BSOD - but I never had a BSOD (knock on wood).

PS: Use your extra drive for data and Images. Image, image, image !!!
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06 Aug 2012   #6
orlando1974

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
PS: Use your extra drive for data and Images. Image, image, image !!!
By "images" do you mean pics or system image (backup)?
I think its safer to keep any system image on an external drive (detachable from PC) so I'm guessing you meant images as in pictures... please confirm?
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06 Aug 2012   #7
orlando1974

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Also does anyone know if my 100GB 7200 RPM would be faster if installed directly in the PC as SATA (I have many drive bays and connectors available) as opposed to using it in a Vantec USB 2.0 enclosure?
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06 Aug 2012   #8
OldMX

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

A 2GB min/max on SSD is more than enough, dont over mess with the system settings anyway. And previous poster means system images, like acronis/ghost/macrium etc
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07 Aug 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by orlando1974 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
PS: Use your extra drive for data and Images. Image, image, image !!!
By "images" do you mean pics or system image (backup)?
I think its safer to keep any system image on an external drive (detachable from PC) so I'm guessing you meant images as in pictures... please confirm?
Imaging to an extra internal drive is perfectly valid. The disk is a lot faster when installed to a Sata port rather than to a USB2.
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07 Aug 2012   #10
Otase

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Im using pagefile 1gb min/max on a 2nd HDD (my laptop got 2 installed)
and it does the job
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