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Windows 7: Huge pagefile.sys file

07 Jul 2009   #1
AdeonC

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 
Huge pagefile.sys file

Hello everyone. I have a doubt in an odd situation.


I divided my Hard Disc onto three partitions. One of them I haven't used yet, so, hipotetically (I guess), it should be blank (with no files), right?

Well, I've just noticed that this "empty" partition has 5GB occupied already.

When I unchecked "Hide protected operating system files" feature, I found out this pagefile.sys file which has about 5.12GB.

What's that file for? Can I just get rid of it or, at least, reduce its size?


Thanks.


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07 Jul 2009   #2
jeutie

 
 

I have that same file on my main HDD :-)

But since it is that big... I don't think we should delete it :-p
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07 Jul 2009   #3
Tzeapa

Windows 7 Build 7264 X64
 
 

That 5 gb file is the virtuam memory....if you have more than 3 or 4 gb of ram it is ok to disable virtual memory. To to that: right click on "my computher" then click prop. Go to "Advanced System Settings", go to "Advanced" tab and click "Settings" under Performance, then go to advanced tab and click "Change" hit "No paging file" and then hit "Set".

Warning: After doing this some games or appz won't work anymore, extremely rarely but it might just happen. Fuel doesn't work without a pagefile.
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07 Jul 2009   #4
jeutie

 
 

Aright Thanks for the information Tzeapa,
But i'll leave it there, I have space enough...

Although I have 8GB of ram... I play Fuel (atm) so i'll leave it on ^^
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07 Jul 2009   #5
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

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07 Jul 2009   #6
AdeonC

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 

I would never guess that it's the virtual memory file.

If I remember correctly, Windows XP wouldn't display the paging file occuping my partition - it would just show a lower data capacity to the same. That's probably why I found it odd.

Anyhow, thanks for the replies.
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07 Jul 2009   #7
woolswell

Server 2008 R2 SP1, Win7 x64 Pro SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AdeonC View Post
I would never guess that it's the virtual memory file.

If I remember correctly, Windows XP wouldn't display the paging file occuping my partition - it would just show a lower data capacity to the same. That's probably why I found it odd.

Anyhow, thanks for the replies.
The pagefile exists in the partition of the Windows XP:

Huge pagefile.sys file-snap1.jpg


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07 Jul 2009   #8
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

What is happening is Win 7 is using the drive with the greater amount of free space for virtual memory. Before you go turning off this feature completely it would be a good idea to test out what would happen if you do; may be all you need to do is to down size it from what it is set at first (example: if at 5.2 mbs then try 1.2 mbs (these are only examples, and nothing more)). I am running 16 Gbit of DDR2 6400, and really don't pay attention to the Virtual Drive settings It is not going to increase you performance all that much.
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07 Jul 2009   #9
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

For the love of...

Just disable the thing, entirely. Sheesh, it's a throw-back to the stoneage.
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07 Jul 2009   #10
Tzeapa

Windows 7 Build 7264 X64
 
 

Actually virtual memory is slowing down the computer because the os instead of using RAM uses pagefile.sys wich is located on HDD. Disabling it will give your computer a boost of performance...

Virtual Memory is for computers with small amounts of ram !

And I can't understand why games like Fuel won't start with no virtual memory
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