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To Page or Not to Page...Swap File

By Aaron A Baker ·
It may seem silly to some, but it leaves me questioning.
No chuckling allowed please.

System is as follows;
Motherboard, ASUS A7V880 Dual Channel
CPU: AMD Sempron 2.800 Gb
RAM 2Gb or { 512 X 4 } DDR PC133 , 400Mgz Matching Ram "Infineon"
Running Windows XPPro. System runs very well.

The C Drive is a 20Gb Western Digital and is alone formatted at fat 32
All main programs are installed here and all saves are sent to various folders on the other drives.
The (Office) & E: (Games) Are on One Drive. Maxtor 40Gb Partitioned into two, formatted at NTSF
The F: (Programming and Storage) is also only one Drive Maxtor 20Gb formatted at NTSF.
My problem is as follows.
I refer to my Page or Swap File . As usual it was on the C and set at system Controlled.
I took it from there set it to Custom and put it on my last Drive (F)"apart from the rest and set it at 3500 / 3500 or 1.5
I then would do the usual shut down and restart and would only come back to find that it had set itself to " Use NO page swap File"
No matter what I do or how I configure this, I can't seem to get it to work with a page file.
I've tried working with 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, and have even tried setting it at a straight 2Gb, still the same problem.
No matter what I do, I can't seem to activate the Page File system."Unless I let the system do it and then it's back on the C.
I want to set it apart on another Drive but for some reason it won't let me.
Am I doing anything wrong here, or is it that once you reach a certain amount of Ram, the page file goes off?.
I've never had this problem before and am not sure if I should just leave well enough alone, "Not like me at all" or perhaps try and track down the problem, if indeed one exists.
Any help or thoughts would be most appreciated on this.
Thank you in advance
Aaron

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by sgt_shultz In reply to To Page or Not to Page... ...

i say the proof is in the pudding so you could run some Performance tests and see what's up on your particular system. i disagree that the swap file needs to remain on the os disk. i think it is worthwhile to keep it on it's own partition also but best of all on another fast disk with it's own fast controller...like scsi would be sweet, no?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

i found this to help you run the Performance tests...
RAM, Virtual Memory, Pagefile and all that stuff
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555223/en-us

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by DCStrainDCStrain In reply to To Page or Not to Page... ...

Put Swap File On Quickest Hard Drive

I have an old 850 HP with its original 5400 rpm h/d, plus a 7200 rpm h/d added later. I put the swap file on a partition on the 7200 rpm h/d and have never had problem from doing so. Swap file access is much faster on that drive (manually set size or windows managed, its still faster).

This old beast only has 256 megs of ram, hundreds of applications installed & removed over the years, S.M.A.R.T. has been announcing imminent 2nd drive failure for the past two years (until a couple of weeks ago after turning the computer off and on about 100 times in one evening, just a little spindle grease problem, perhaps?).

I defrag often, use Ontrack Fixit Utilities to fix various problems like bad links, missing files, corrupt files, etc. -- Ontrack File Recovery Pro to retrieve whatever I stupidly delete from the recycle bin. I keep things clean from virus', spam, & that sort of stuff, an I poke through the registry on a regular basis removing crap that programmers thought I would enjoy having after uninstalling their applications.

I use Steve Gibson's Spinrite frequently and attribute the survival of these old hard drives to Steve. I forgot when XP first came out, but I have never found it necessary to reinstall it new or over the old install. I have so many personal tweaks and hacks I would be suicidal with a "Fresh XP Install"...UGH... The only problems I have is when microsoft decides to "help me out" with security updates I don't take the time to check out prior to installing.

(One of my favorite old machines :-)

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