How do I optimize the pagefile?

By wompai ·
Ey, guys

I read in an article by Microsoft that having multiple pagefiles on one drive may negatively affect the performance. Now picture the following:
There is 1 PC containing 3 HDDs: the primary master containing windows XP, a primary slave that's empty and a secundary master that's also empty. Would it be beneficial to place a pagefile, that doesn't resize (min and max size the same) on both volumes? And what size should they be? 4096 mb or 1.5 times the amount of RAM?

Thanks in advance.

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Well ideally you should have the Page File

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How do I optimize the pag ...

On a different Drive to the OS. And that drive shouldn't get used a lot so if you have a smallish Drive you could dedicate that drive to the Page File.

As for the Size this depends on several things but even then M$ Recommend that the Minimum Size of the Page file is 1.5 times the amount of installed RAM and the Max Size is 2 times the amount of installed RAM.

So if you where to have 1 GIG of RAM Installed your Minimum Size would need to be 1.5 GIG and Max Size would need to be 2 GIG. However as you want a constant size I would recommend double or more of the installed RAM.

However here it depends on the OS in use weather it is 32 or 64 Bit and how much RAM you have installed. The More RAM that you use the less that the Page File is required so if you are pushing a 32 Bit OS above it's usable RAM Limit which is somewhere around the 3.25 GIG Limit for a 32 Bit System depending on the M'Board Chip Set you may not derive any performance benefit or a large Page File. It all depends on the hardware and the way that it is configured.


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by wompai In reply to How do I optimize the pag ...

Didn't resizing slow paging operations down?

Btw: It's 768 mb RAM

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Pagefile size and resizing

by bpb21 In reply to How do I optimize the pag ...

With 768 MB RAM, I would have a fixed size of 2560 MB for the page file. I would set the minimum and maximum to this size; Windows will reserve all of this space for the page file, even if it isn't being used, so that your page file won't become fragmented as it grows and shrinks from the minimum and maximum sizes.
With Windows XP, here is the way I always defragment/optimize the page file. First, delete all your temporary files (I like the free Ccleaner for this) and then defragment your hard drive(s). When that's done, set your page file to "no page file", apply, then reboot. When you come back online, then set your page file to 2560 MB for both the minimum and maximum sizes. You can defragment again if you want, but your page file should be all or at least almost all in one place.
Since you've got two extra hard drives, you could always put the page file on one of the extra (empty) hard drives and possibly skip the defragmenting step altogether. That's just what I do with a typical one hard drive setup.
Resizing this way shouldn't slow down any operations, at least after you're done. I wouldn't be trying to work on the PC while doing all this, though.

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Page file Defrage

by Vikramaery In reply to How do I optimize the pag ...

There are several ways to optimize the page file.
1. You can create the page file to other drive rather then C:, you can have in d:, e: or any of them.
2. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897426 (to defrage the page file for optimizing).

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