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Location of NT 4 Paging File

By GunnerSixz ·
Since I have a small partition on my boot drive due to the NT 4 limitation, can I move the paging file to the bigger partition and not loose performance? Do I have to have a page file on the boot drive? Thanks in advance for helping

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by timwalsh In reply to Location of NT 4 Paging F ...

Yes, you can move the paging file to a different partition. There is no requirement for it to be located on the boot drive. You will not see any performance degradation. You specify the location of the paging file in Control Panel | System properties | Performance tab.

You can see SOME slight increase in performance by locating the paging file on a different DRIVE (vs. partition) than wher the OS is installed.

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by GunnerSixz In reply to Location of NT 4 Paging F ...

Thanks I appreciate you taking the time to answer.

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by hberkhoff In reply to Location of NT 4 Paging F ...

As said in answer #1, it's no problem. You only have to keep the paging file at 2MB minimum and maximum. on your boot drive. This is by design of Windows NT 4.0. With windows 2000 you don't have to do this.

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by GunnerSixz In reply to Location of NT 4 Paging F ...

Thanks alot, I really appreciate it.

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by GunnerSixz In reply to Location of NT 4 Paging F ...

sounds good, can I have a page file on both partitions? and is that advisable?

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by curlergirl In reply to Location of NT 4 Paging F ...

Yes, as the other answers state, you can put paging files on other volumes and have a minimal paging file on your system volume. However, one caveat to remember is that if the page file on your system volume is smaller than the total of your memory(i.e., if you have 512MB of memory and use a page file of less than 512MB), your system will not be able to do a memory dump if you get a blue screen STOP error. Therefore you may have difficulty troubleshooting these errors if and when they occur. You will see event log error messages on boot up to that effect. Hope this helps!

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by curlergirl In reply to Location of NT 4 Paging F ...

So, the optimum situation is to have a paging file at least equal to the total amount of memory on your system partition, and then put an additional paging file on another partition. In Win2K you have the option of using a mini-memory dump file of 64MB, but NT doesn't have this option. If you choose or, because of space constraints, can't have that big a swap file on your system drive, then you should set your system NOT to reboot automatically if it blue screens so that you can get the STOP error info directly from the screen. Hope this helps!

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by GunnerSixz In reply to Location of NT 4 Paging F ...

Thanks! I appreciate your time.

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