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Windows 7: Using a 120 GB SSD and having 16 GB RAM


10 Nov 2012   #1

 
 
Using a 120 GB SSD and having 16 GB RAM

This is my first time i use a SSD. My system partition is usually around 200 GB in size.
I know that i should set the download folder to another drive, but what about the pagefile.sys?
I found while investigating, that some old programs need the swap file.
So i set it to min 10000 and max 20000.

It would be nice to get some tips.


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10 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

I moved the swap file to a different drive and let Windows manage it instead of specifying a size. With 16GB of ram it will not be used often, if at all.

I did leave a 200MB swap on C:.
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10 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I left my pagefile on C: and just set it to a Max of 2gb. It is not going to hurt anything or shorten the life of an SSD to any noticeable point. No harm, No foul.
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11 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

SSDs have a limited number of writes to them, therefore you want to manage the drive as such.

I've heard there are ways to better prepare Windows for installation to an SSD, but I'm going to recommend against that because it would be more unnecessary writing to the drive.

Make sure you turn OFF the defragging of the drive. You defrag platter based drives because of physical limitations that do not exist in SSDs. SSDs will not slow down ANY noticeable amount as it frags.

One thing I did was set aside 4 Gigs [out of 16] at boot as a RamDrive, and I load an .IMG I made which puts specific folders on the drive, and then set my browser to use it for it's cache, I also made %Temp%, and %Tmp% point to Y:\Temp on the drive.

Because of keeping the drives from being needed to be "moved", I set my Blue-Ray to drive Z:, and my RamDrive to drive Y:. That way if I add drives, I don't have to worry about software complaining.

My networked drives that get letters start at Q: [Right now, there are 7 in my server]
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11 Nov 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoesMorgue View Post
SSDs have a limited number of writes to them, therefore you want to manage the drive as such.

I've heard there are ways to better prepare Windows for installation to an SSD, but I'm going to recommend against that because it would be more unnecessary writing to the drive.

Make sure you turn OFF the defragging of the drive. You defrag platter based drives because of physical limitations that do not exist in SSDs. SSDs will not slow down ANY noticeable amount as it frags.

One thing I did was set aside 4 Gigs [out of 16] at boot as a RamDrive, and I load an .IMG I made which puts specific folders on the drive, and then set my browser to use it for it's cache, I also made %Temp%, and %Tmp% point to Y:\Temp on the drive.

Because of keeping the drives from being needed to be "moved", I set my Blue-Ray to drive Z:, and my RamDrive to drive Y:. That way if I add drives, I don't have to worry about software complaining.

My networked drives that get letters start at Q: [Right now, there are 7 in my server]
The question was about pagefile usage.
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11 Nov 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by deskareas View Post
This is my first time i use a SSD. My system partition is usually around 200 GB in size.
I know that i should set the download folder to another drive, but what about the pagefile.sys?
I found while investigating, that some old programs need the swap file.
So i set it to min 10000 and max 20000.

It would be nice to get some tips.
I have left my pagefile on my SSD, otherwise it would somewhat diminish the SSD speed advantage. Some apps will use a pagefile regardless of installed RAM. I have it set at MIN 2GB and MAX 2GB.
Moving you User files to another drive will be helpful as disabling Hibernation, if you don't use it. In a command prompt type powercfg /h-off
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11 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just let Windows 7 handle the memory and page filing. You don't need to move it any place or set any amounts. You don't have to create some magic program to fool with the memory. I don't worry about how many wrights to my SSD no more than I would worry about wrights to a hard drive. SSD warranties are done by time not how many wrights have been done. My warranty is 5 years no matter how many wrights it does or does not do. My SSD runs 7.6 to 7.9 on a sata 2.0 port AHCI. Done just wash your hands of all the little tricks and enjoy your SSD.
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14 Nov 2012   #8

 
 

thanks for all your replies.
i decided not to use system restore and hibernate, that gives me more space.
i am not used to be limited to 120 GB on system drive, so until i have money to buy a 256 GB SSD i have to tangle a bit.
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14 Nov 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

you can also move the Users folder to another HDD you add to the system keeping only some programs and Windows 7 on the SSD.
User Profile - Change Default Location
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15 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Leave your pagefile on your SSD but set its size to 1-2GB just so there's enough space for a dumpfile, if you care to have a dumpfile if you get a bsod. Windows won't use the pagefile until your physical RAM is nearly full so you don't have to worry about extra wear on the SSD. If anyone knows of any programs that require a pagefile, please list them, because I don't think any programs like that exist. Also you should probably keep System Restore turned on, just in case you need it. You can limit its max size if you want.
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