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Windows 7: Move Paging File?

03 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Move Paging File?

My new 80 GB HD just came i and I went ahead and installed Windows 7 x64 with no problems. I've also ordered 4 GB of ran to go along with my other 2 GB. I heard that I should move my paging file to another physical hard drive to increase performance. I have a 500 GB HD that could fit nicely into this. What should the size of the paging file be?

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04 Apr 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome

Our members will help you with any decision that you make, but it is my feeling that moving the paging file will do little to help performance.

Should I change the size of my page file?

But, As in the link, set it to automatic that is the best bet.

Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums
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04 Apr 2010   #3

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Omlet View Post
My new 80 GB HD just came i and I went ahead and installed Windows 7 x64 with no problems. I've also ordered 4 GB of ran to go along with my other 2 GB. I heard that I should move my paging file to another physical hard drive to increase performance. I have a 500 GB HD that could fit nicely into this. What should the size of the paging file be?
Are you going to be running 6gb of ram?

Unless you're running a bunch of monster apps, with that much ram you might even be able to run without a page file. I'm on X86 with 2gb and it runs quite nicely without one...

Moving the pagefile to another physical drive might help performance a bit... but keep it as small as possible. The bigger it gets the more time windows spends maintaining it... start with min = 2048 and max = 2048 ... if the two sizes are the same size maintenance and fragmentation are cut to a minimum.
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04 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well I play alot of graphic intensive games. With the 2GB I have now, I doubt I can run smoothly with no page file.
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04 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Welcome

Our members will help you with any decision that you make, but it is my feeling that moving the paging file will do little to help performance.

Should I change the size of my page file?

But, As in the link, set it to automatic that is the best bet.

Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums
I just read those articles and they did help alot! At the moment, I set my Drive C (Windows) pagefile to 200 MB both min and max for minidumps. Then, I created a pagefile on Drive G (Games) and set the pagefile to that at 2048 min and 2048 max. Is that good?
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04 Apr 2010   #6

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I think you will be happy with those settings. Glad that I was able to help a bit.

We have a great set of tutorials, full of information and advice.
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04 Apr 2010   #7

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi omlet

Being a novice user myself, I have learnt to leave windows settings as is.
As an avid gamer, I have done most of what is included in the articles that Richard linked to. However, now I prefer to leave things as they are.
The best upgrades required to extract performance for gaming are primarily related to
1) RAM - which you have more than enough of
2)CPU - not familiar with AMD's however I think you are also good to go on this
3) Graphics card - that 9800GT should be able to hold its own

The only thing that I think is holding you back is your monitor. The limiting resolution could be whats making you think that you gaming graphics are not ideal i.e. slow performance.

What resolution are you running on?

Hope this helps in some way and regards
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04 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My resolution is 1280 x 1024.
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04 Apr 2010   #9

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi Omlet

Thanks and I think that it should be fine for games that you will be playing.
Just don't expect the games to run like they do on some rigs that you see on the web, you-tube etc.
It's the gaming that counts - nowadays, please talk a lot about graphics performance, which I think is more so for braggin rights

Take care and enjoy your games
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04 Apr 2010   #10

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I will only say that.. you should always run with the recommended Page Files settings by MS.
ram x 1.5 = MIN
ram x 3 = MAX

Or if you have more than 4G of ram,, then both min and max should be 4092M.

It used to be true that moving the page file to a separate drive would increase performance dramatically, mostly due to the low end nature of PC's back in the day.

All modern PC's today are so fast that there will be no performance gain by either turning off the page file or moving it to another drive. However, this may change with SSD's only in the fact that, having the page file on a separate SSD drive will help if the SSD's are susceptible to Lifetime Write cycles. Meaning they will go bad quicker the more times they are written to. Then I could see moving it, maybe.

Many will argue my statement, but I stand by it after having tested these things for the last 12+ years.
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