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Windows 7: Advice needed re. Page File


17 Sep 2013   #11
rdl

Windows 7 64-bit Professional
 
 

Used to be, you would set your minimum and maximum size the same so that Windows wouldn't be constantly resizing it, and about equal to however much RAM you had. These days with 8 GB not all that unusual, I'm not sure the average user even needs a page file.

I have mine set at 2048/2048 on my E drive and I don't think it actually gets used. I have an SSD for the C drive and I don't care what anyone says, I'm going to minimize the amount of writes as much as I can.


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17 Sep 2013   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Yes, used to be, it's true. Whatever your amount of physical RAM, it is pretty much agreed that having NO page file is not a good policy (Google it). Also, on a SATA or IDE disc, I would set the minimum and maximum the same, but on a SSD there's no point as 'fragmentation' on an SSD has no meaning in practical terms. (One never - or almost - defrags an SSD).
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17 Sep 2013   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

OMG, problems!! I see in Disc Management that one of the large partitions (to which I added the 10GBs unallocated space from the old PF partitions) now has no drive letter, or any other info apart from its size. It used to be 'G', but that has now been given to what was 'F', so things are mixed up. When I right-click on the 'blank partition' in Disc Manager and select any of the options, I get an error message saying 'The operation failed because the Disk Management Console view is not up-to-date....' Refreshing the console view and rebooting have no effect.

If I try to change what is now 'G' back to 'F', that doesn't work either, because although no partition in Disk Managemnt is labelled 'F', that letter is no longer available in the drop-down box.

In Windows Explorer, what was 'F' is now 'G' and vice-versa. I knew something bad was going to happen....

Any idea what to do now, short of formatting both partitions and losing all the data (even that is a pain as when I right-click the partition with no information in Disk Management, I just get a message saying 'an error has occurred)?? Maybe I need to do something back in Mini Tool Partition Wizard to fix things?

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17 Sep 2013   #14
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image .

Reboot again to see if Disk Mgmt will add a Drive Letter: Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 . Can you rightclick>Explore to see data?

If not install PW Home Edition and try that: http://partitionwizard.com/video-hel...ge-letter.html. Try also rightclick>Explore.

Why do these data partitions need to have a set letter? You'll need to find what's holding F to release it, or just accept another letter. I rarely even notice if a data partition changes letters. They are completely relative and not dependent upon fixed letters, except for your booted OS.
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17 Sep 2013   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

No, I don't assume I have lost my files - I back up my backups, so a format, if necessary, would be a pain but not a disaster! I think I have everything on the two partitions elsewhere (have to double-check that).

Screenshot to follow in a few minutes. Thanks! :-)
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17 Sep 2013   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Screenshot... As I say, can't access the 'blank' partition in DM, error message when I right-click; and can't change 'G' back to 'F' as that letter is not available now.


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17 Sep 2013   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

.. I have a lot of batch files and other stuff assigned to particular partitions. Much more important, these drives are where the dynamic links point to I just created in FSX. Now they don't work. I'd really like to get my original drive letters back :-(

Right-click/explore gives the same error message as trying to change the drive letter (as screenshot). On the now 'G' drive, I see what used to be 'F'...

Am trying Partition wizard again..
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17 Sep 2013   #18
Microsoft MVP

 

Try the PW Home Edition to (re)assign the letters. Then run Partition Wizard Check File System

If that fails try assiging it from an Elevated Command Prompt: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...(v=ws.10).aspx
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17 Sep 2013   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Booted with PW disc. No option at all to change the drive letter in the 'Action Panel'. From the partition menu and right-clicking, the change drive letter option is greyed out, for all partitions on the PC, not just the two 'problem' ones.
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17 Sep 2013   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote:
Used to be, you would set your minimum and maximum size the same so that Windows wouldn't be constantly resizing it, and about equal to however much RAM you had.
It is conventional wisdom that if allowed to Windows will continuously resize the pagefile according to need, with the expected negative impact on performance. Supposedly the only way to prevent this is to set the initial and maximum size of the pagefile to the same size. Statements to that effect can be found all over the Internet.

I really don't know where that idea came from. Simple observation of the pagefile size in Windows Explorer shows that this just isn't so.
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