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Windows 7: Is it safe to move the page file?

21 Dec 2010   #11
craney5

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks guys, i had a spare 500gb hd that i just put in my machine, i just created a primary partition of 10gb and have moved the page file to that. I let windows decide how big to make it and its set it at around 4gb at the mo. I see what you are saying with regards to it not really being used as there is 4gb of physical ram installed already it kinda gets made redundent but i always see that windows seems to use a little part of the page file even when the ram is only showing as 1.5gb being used


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21 Dec 2010   #12
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

You are right, never get rid of the page file. It has also been recommended not to move it completely to another hard drive, as the C: drive needs to have some even if it doesn't use it often. That is why I recommended leaving 1,000 (A very low number and hardly noticeable) and putting the rest on the other drive. Believe me when I say you should keep a small number on C:
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21 Dec 2010   #13
craney5

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Cheers for that mate, i will go back into the page file setting and allow 100mb on my c drive just to be safe, can you actually have mulitple page files on every drive if you wanted to? if so im pretty sure it would be practical
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21 Dec 2010   #14
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

you can, but really there is no benefit from it, other than spreading it out more.
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21 Dec 2010   #15
craney5

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I see your point mate even when my machine is at idle its not even using 1gb of physical ram I noticed that there are not actually any files on my page file partition i take it thats normal, i have 400gb of unallocated space on the HD i just put in and i have no idea what to put on it lol
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21 Dec 2010   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by craney5 View Post
Cheers for that mate, i will go back into the page file setting and allow 100mb on my c drive just to be safe, can you actually have mulitple page files on every drive if you wanted to? if so im pretty sure it would be practical
I think the minimum setting for the pagefile is 200MB. And yes, some programs produce page faults even if there is a lot of availablee RAM. I noticed e.g. the AV programs doing that. But that is such a low activity that it can be disregarded in performance terms.
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21 Dec 2010   #17
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

People don't use paging files for performance, as Whs suggests. Ram used to be more rare (1GB was good back in the day) and paging files sometimes were increased to compensate for lack of Ram on some systems. However, it is rare also that any good comes from doing away completely with the paging file. At such a low number, you won't even realize it is there. And like Whs says, 200mb may be the minimum (going off of what he says), but I would still set the maximum at a higher number, just in case the system decides it needs it. Now its entirely up to you what you set it to, and we could recommend different numbers all day. The computer gives a safe recommended number, and it may even be too much for you. Your decison. With so much free space, you might as well increase it, make some backups and restore points, and then add a mess of music and movies lol

and yes it is normal to not see much activity where the paging file is concerned, but it can spike every once in a while, even without notice.
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21 Dec 2010   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I was only posting the 200MB minimum because the OP wanted to set it to 100MB. I am not suggesting that 200MB is a good number to pick. I always leave it up to the system to manage.
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22 Dec 2010   #19
chrysalis

windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

2 main tips.

set to static size and when have low used drive so get unfragmented near start of disk.
ideally put on seperate physical hdd again try to have it near start of disk and fixed size.
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