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Windows 7: Can I physically reallocate pagefile on disk to improve performance

26 Feb 2015   #1
SaNdMaN82

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Can I physically reallocate pagefile on disk to improve performance

Hello, thanks for reading the topic.

I've noticed that my page file , which is configured to 8gb, it's fragmented into 2 sectors of the HDD... That would not be bad, since I would believe the 4gb space for each fragment is not random...
But, the thing is that both those fragments are located towards the physical end of the drive, where the reading speeds are quite lower than on the middle or even beginning of the drive surface...

So, my question is: can I physically move the page file from that location 'at the back' of the drive, to one that has better performance?
If so, how?

Thank you.


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26 Feb 2015   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Puran Defrag has a Boot Time defrag and optimization.
Run a Boot Time defrag and see if it helps.
Puran Defrag - Automatically Defrag your Hard Disk Drives
Let us know how it works for you.
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26 Feb 2015   #3
SaNdMaN82

Windows 7 Profesional x64
 
 

Thank you, I will look into that once I'm back from the office.
On the other hand, do you know by experience that soft also moves the page file?. I've read the product's description and it is quite general...
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26 Feb 2015   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Gregrocker recommends this program and he has a lot more knowledge and experience than me.
I have SSDs, and physical location really doesn't matter.
I just use built in Windows defrag, trim, optimize now.

There's a lot more that can be discussed about pagefile, partitioning, etc.
But that could complicate and confuse your OP question...

Anyway here's a pic from the Puran info:
Can I physically reallocate pagefile on disk to improve performance-purandefrag_01.png
Source: Puran Defrag - Automatically Defrag your Hard Disk Drives


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26 Feb 2015   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The location of the pagefile on the disk isn't going to make any noticeable or measurable difference in performance. This would matter for large files that are read serially but that rarely happens with the pagefile. Typical usage is relatively small reads or writes mixed with other file access where access time is the dominant factor in performance. With reasonable RAM size for your workload pagefile performance matters little. Having 2 pagefile fragments won't mater either.
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26 Feb 2015   #6
SaNdMaN82

Windows 7 Profesional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Gregrocker recommends this program and he has a lot more knowledge and experience than me.
I have SSDs, and physical location really doesn't matter.
I just use built in Windows defrag, trim, optimize now.

There's a lot more that can be discussed about pagefile, partitioning, etc.
But that could complicate and confuse your OP question...

Anyway here's a pic from the Puran info:
Attachment 350816
Source: Puran Defrag - Automatically Defrag your Hard Disk Drives
I'll try that method, but my page file is not fragmented (well, it's split in half, but it's 8gb, so that's ok)
My concern is in reference to the physical location on the disk surface

I'll post on the results once I do that...

Thanks.
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26 Feb 2015   #7
SaNdMaN82

Windows 7 Profesional x64
 
 

I did run the complete defrag thing... Nothing changed:



Page file is allocated at the worst performance sector of the drive...
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26 Feb 2015   #8
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

I usually put a second HDD [D:] in my computers then put the majority of the paging file/Virtual Memory on that drive first, before anything else. I set 2GB on my C: drive as that's where some programs look for it. By setting the Max and Min the same it doesn't become fragmented. I do see a noticeable improvement in the computers.
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26 Feb 2015   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I don't know if there are any other utility programs that can move the pagefile.
When i had everything on a single spinner i had a "small" partition as the 1st partition for the OS + programs.
I had a "large" data partition as the 2nd partition.
That kept the OS + programs + pagefile in the outer tracks of the HD.
If you store everything in one partition, you might consider moving user data to a separate partition.
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26 Feb 2015   #10
SaNdMaN82

Windows 7 Profesional x64
 
 

I'm now considering using a 2nd SATA device as paging... I don't need much space for that...
I do agree it's best to have it separated if you use a 'normal' hdd as myself... It's not a WD black, just a blue one...
But I also agree it's best to have the page file right in the middle of the device... Not at the start, nor end... It's the 'second half' of the page file that actually "bothers" me...

Thank you.
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