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Windows 7: How big a partition do i need for my page file (Windows 7 64bit)

24 Feb 2014   #1

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
How big a partition do i need for my page file (Windows 7 64bit)

I want to make a separate partition for my page file, as it will be faster for my system to find and read, and it makes a lot of fragmentation on the drive it is located on...

So my question is, how big a partition do i need for it? Right now my page file is 12GB, but i am aware that the size might change when i use programs or play games...

I use Windows 7 64bit, and i have 12GB of ram.

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24 Feb 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I really don't think moving your page filling to another partition will speed up your computer. You have 12 gigs of ram. I let Windows 7 take care of my page file and it does a great job. Reading this I think will help.

Virtual Memory Paging File - Change

This should also be helpful.

From post #1
I want to make a separate partition for my page file, as it will be faster for my system to find and read
Where did you get this information?
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24 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Creating a separate partition on the same drive that contains Windows is a bad idea. Only when it is placed on a separate physical drive could there be any potential benefits. But with 12 GB RAM that would be highly unlikely. On the same physical drive this will impair performance, although probably not enough to notice.

Pagefile fragmentation is rarely a serious problem. In most cases it isn't a problem at all. Most likely your current pagefile fragmentation is either zero or so close at to not matter.

There is a widespread misconception that a system managed pagefile is continually being resized according to need. That is not the case. During system installation the pagefile is set to an initial size based on RAM size with a maximum size that is substantially larger. Only if the initial size is insufficient for the commit charge would it be resized upward. As long as RAM size remains the same and the initial size is sufficient (and with 12 GB RAM and an initial pagefile size of 12 GB that is highly probable) the pagefile will NEVER resize. Even with continuous heavy use over a period of several years.

My standard recommendation regarding pagefile configuration:
Unless you have a specific need, and you understand what you are doing, leave pagefile configuration on default. Most attempts to optimize the pagefile are wasted effort.
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24 Feb 2014   #4

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Ok, thanks a lot, I gave u both rep, and i am marking this thread as solved :)
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