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Is there a better way to utilize RAM?

By jnelson ·
Just got a NT Techtip that told how to keep the Kernel Executive in RAM, Great article. Is there a way to keep ALL processes in RAM? I have a GB of RAM and my computer is using only a small portion of it. There has got to be a better way of utilizing RAM and NOT use paging file.

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While NOT recommended, you could set Virtual Memory to a very small size, or disable it altogether.

While this will force Windows to use only RAM, it can actually slow down your PC.

Many programs and processes are written by default to use virtual memory.

Various benchmark tests have shown that "optimum" performance (on benchmark test) is achieved with a fixed size Virtual Memory file of 1.5 to 2.5 times the size of installed RAM.

I myself, set up systems for stability over speed. Icreate a separate logical drive of between 2 and 6 GB, and dedicate this drive for the page file (virtual memory)
A separate physical drive is even better.
From a stability standpoint, this has several advantages:

The page file does not get fragmented.

Files on the main drive are less apt to become fragmented.

Scandisk and Defrag can run without interruption on the main drive since Windows is using the other drive for virtual memory.

I use a slightly modified rule for the size of virtual memory:
The larger of 2 times installed RAM, or 1GB - installed RAM.

Bottom line, while you can move some processes from virtual memory to real RAM, you cannot move everything.

If you can increase your RAM to 1.5 to 2GB, you could set up a 1GB RAM drive, and use that for virtual memory.

Chas

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