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Windows 7: Reduce Win7 Ultimate RAM requirements and disk usage

06 Mar 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Nitrous, don't worry about the RAM usage. Windows Seven uses memory very efficiently; it is not at all like XP. As someone posted in another thread, unused RAM is wasted RAM. I am running Ultimate (32 bit) on an older computer with 2.5 Gb of RAM. I have no problems whatsoever, rarely does Seven use the page file. The majority of the time, my RAM usage is less that 50%.

Seven also manages services very effectively and efficiently. Unlike XP and Vista, if a service is not needed, Seven stops the service. Most of the services are set to manual by default.

As far a disk space goes, Ultimate does contain somethings that a home user will likely never use. You might look through the list and uninstall the components that you will not use.

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06 Mar 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

Have you thought of ReadyBoost?

You seem to have plenty of hard drive space. Also I think that if you are concerned about a possible hard drive failure, then you should be storing important data on a different physical drive, not just different partition. Because if your drive breaks down, it won't be just one partition.

What kind of drive is it? For example I have a 10 year old PC that runs great, never replaced the hard drives there. It rung Win2K though .
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06 Mar 2010   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium

don't worry, merging partitions is relatively safe. If you don't use the windows disk management console to do it, you can use many third party freewares that im sure the people on this forum can suggest for you. =)
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06 Mar 2010   #14

Windows 7

CarlTR6, I see. Well, I guess that memory usage is not that big and important. I've removed components that I will never use, however they are only small portion of the useless stuff of Windows 7 at all. It is so full of useless apps which can't be removed, which makes me sick.

Unifex, never thought about it. What does it do exactly?
Well, system drive is the newest, the other two are even older. The most important data is backed up on a DVDs, however it's real PITA to re-download and redo all of the stuff on the new hard drive, in case old one fails. The drives are: Disk 0: Seagate ST3320620AS (SATA2, 320GB), Disk 1: Seagate ST3120026AS (SATA1, 120GB), Disk 2: Maxtor 6B300S0 (SATA1, 300GB). As you can see, they're all pretty old. Maxtor one had 5-6 bad sectors, fixed it few months ago.

Pichu, I'm thinking of using PowerQuest Partition Magic if I merge them, years ago it was the best disk management application, never failed me.
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06 Mar 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

You can use this tutorial

How to Setup and Use ReadyBoost in Windows 7

Well, like I said, I've had pretty good experience with hard drives, many of them are working for more than a decade. I've had one hard drive die in my older laptop, but still it worked fine for about 9 years.

This does not guarantee you'll be that lucky, but if you are really worried, then the only thing to do is to replace the drives. If this is not what you plan to do, than basically the only thing you can do is to back up everything on a regular basis. However, if you are using DVD-RW (or DVD+RW), keep in mind that these can fail too.
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06 Mar 2010   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

If you want to move the PF off the OS drive to help performance, putting it on a partition on the same Physical drive will only hurt overall performance.

For moving the PF to show any benefit, you need to move it to a partition on a Different Physical Drive.

The reason is:
If you have a Drive with 2 partitions for example,
Partition 1 for OS and Partition 2 where the PF is -->
Everytime the OS does need to access the PF, the HD heads need to move to the other end of the drive, find the info, then go all the back to the front of the drive where the OS is. This is a lot of uneeded travel.

If its on a seperate drive, not only is the likelyhood that particular drive isnt very busy, but the main OS drive can continue doing what its doing while the other drive accesses the PF.

The best way, is put it on the HD thats accessed the least. Provided its as fast as the OS drive.

If space is tight for the OS, one other thing you can consider is deleting the Hyberfile IF you do NOT use Hibernate.
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09 Mar 2010   #17

Windows 7

unifex, thanks, but I don't have spare memory cards for ReadyBoost. Otherwise I'm backing everything up.

Wishmaster, you have a point. I'll move the pagefile to different drive, or put it back in C:\ . Also hiberfil.sys is removed and Hibernation is disabled.
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