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Windows 7: Moving Page File to another HDD after clean install on new SSD

01 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 64 Home
 
 
Moving Page File to another HDD after clean install on new SSD

I have two SSDs (120 and 64 Gb) and two platter HDDs (500 Gb each) setup in RAID. The OS is installed on the 120 Gb SSD with the page file on the 64 Gb SSD. I have 16 Gb of memory so the page file will not get used that much. I wanted to put the Page File on the platter HDDs, but I get an error that 'Crash dump initialization failed!' no matter the size I use, I have used from 2 Gb to 24 Gb. When I put it on the 64 Gb or for the matter on the 120 Gb SSD I get no error. I'm only using 200 Gb of the RAID setup so there is a ton of room. Does anyone have any idea why I cannot put the Page File on the RAID setup? My MB is a Biostar TZ68A+, i5 2500k setup.

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01 Feb 2014   #2

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Good question. I've always used my D:/ spinner for the page file but it's not in RAID. I hope to power up a new build with RAID spinners soon and I'm now curious if I well experience this.

Have you tried allowing the OS to manage page file size on the spinner?
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01 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Small Page File

I'm not an expert on this but as far as I know you still need a small page file on your windows partition to allow crash dumps to be written out. Try setting the page file size for that partition to a fixed size of 16Mb.


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01 Feb 2014   #4

Windows 7 64 Home
 
 

Thanks Callender that worked put 16 Mb on my 64 Gb SSD (worked on my 120 SSD too) and 24441 min/max (windows recommended) on my RAID setup...no errors. Really did not want the page file on either SSD so this is the best setup that windows will not give me errors with. I need a large page file somewhere due to having 16 Gb of memory if ever I need a memory dump. Madcratebuilder I tried that and much more, the setup above seems to be the best setup to limit writes to my SSDs.
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01 Feb 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Glad it worked

Hi,

glad it worked. Like I said I'm not an expert on the way you've got things set up but on my machine the page file for other drives is set to "system recommended" plus 200Mb and it's a fixed size. I read that a fixed size page file is better as it doesn't use resources as it dynamically shrinks/ grows and any chance of fragmentation is reduced.

I can't say if that's factually correct and other experts on this forum might say that it's best not to use a fixed size page file. All I know is that on my machine it does indeed give a performance boost!
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01 Feb 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Hi,

on my machine the page file for other drives is set to "system recommended" plus 200Mb and it's a fixed size.
Edit: Meant to say that the drive that the page file is swapped to is set to "system recommended" plus 200Mb.
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01 Feb 2014   #7

Windows 7 64 Home
 
 

Yes, fixed size is best and I added 300 Mb to the system recommended of 24441 Mb for I read to add 300 Mb somewhere.
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