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Windows 7: SSD and page file question

22 Feb 2016   #1
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 
SSD and page file question

My (gaming) PC has two 500GB SSDs, and no HDDs. The first SSD has two partitions, the first, smaller one (80GBs), being the C Drive for the O/S. The second SSD also has one smaller partition and one large.

As I have 16GBs of RAM - and I find that leaving Windows to manage the page file (rather than set minimum and maximum sizes, or tinker with it in any other way, as I always used to, once upon a time) gives the best, stutter-free performance results - I obviously as a consequence have 16GBs of space used up on my C drive for the page file: as the Windows partition is getting fuller, I'd like to reclaim this...

Is there any reason why I shouldn't leave just a small page file on the C-Drive and set up the system managed page file (so, 16GBs) on the 2nd. (large) partition of the 2nd SSD (where there's loads of room)? I am presuming that, being SSDs, the location of the page file isn't important from a performance point of view. Or would that somehow interfere with (and make pointless) having Windows managing the page file, if I have set it up on a partition other than the one with the O/S in it?

I know I could just reduce the page file to 1GB, or whatever, but as I say, it seems to me that I get the best gaming performance with the page file left for Windows to manage...

I do not have a hibernation file, for obvious reasons...


Thanks!


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22 Feb 2016   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Let Windows 7 continue to manage all memory.
If your "C" partition is getting full, just make it bigger.
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22 Feb 2016   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
You should update your system spec's they seem old compared to your question.
Gaming performance might suffer more on a 2gb card more than a 4gb card
So with a 2gb card you might be more reliant on a page file.
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22 Feb 2016   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With 16GB of RAM, I would set the pagefile to 1GB. It will probably never be used.
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23 Feb 2016   #5
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Hi. I have updated my system specs - thanks.

As I say, I could reduce the page file to 1GB but I think I get more reliable performance leaving it managed by Windows. With an SSD there is of course no issue with fragmentation. I read a lot of posts on this at the time and the consensus seemed to be that setting a min and max for the page file is 'old thinking' and not the best option.

But what about me moving the page file to a different SSD? I guess I could increase the size of the C drive (it's not critical yet, I have 19GBs free out of 80), but on occasion the process has gone wrong (using whatever tool, Partition Manager and the like) and I've ended up with a PC that won't boot. I don't want to risk it unless essential. Call me a coward if you like..
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23 Feb 2016   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I'd use Samsung magician
It will adjust everything for you and also update the firmware which is probably old too.
Scroll down the list for it,
Samsung SSD Downloads | Samsung SSD
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23 Feb 2016   #7
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

I'll have a look at the 'Samsung Magician'! The SSDs are 850 EVO, probably up to date, but I'll check it out. Thanks...
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23 Feb 2016   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
No firmware is up to date on new items bought
They have shelf time
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23 Feb 2016   #9
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

There are no firmware updates on the Samsung site for the 850 - only the 840s.and earlier
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23 Feb 2016   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

The s. magician utility will offer the firmware update.
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