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faster swaps windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kencol, Jan 21, 2006.

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  1. kencol

    kencol Thread Starter

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    How can I move my swapfile onto my underused USB thumb drive?
     
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    I don't think Windows will let you put the page file on removable media, and it sure wouldn't speed anything up if you did! USB FLASH drives are MUCH slower to read and write than hard disk drives.

    With a decent amount of memory, the page file speed is not an issue anyway. You are trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist, and your cure is worse than the disease.
     
  3. kencol

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    Windows will let one use a removable drive. I stumbled into system properties and from there it was quite intuitive and performance is snappier. I believe anything that moves (mechanical) is slower than solid state. But thanks from Colombia:D
     
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    Well, I'm very doubtful that it makes any difference in performance, and I only have to look at the transfer speeds of my fastest USB 2.0 FLASH drive and compare it to my hard disk to convince me that FLASH memory is still slower than hard disks. You don't seem to grasp the fact that writing to FLASH is much slower than writing to hard disks, as well as the fact that FLASH has a limited number of write cycles before it dies.

    I just did the test and got 8mb/sec writes and 11mb/sec reads from a SanDisk 512mb USB 2.0 FLASH drive, and my RAID-0 array clocks in at 70mb/sec writes and 90mb/sec reads. Guess where I'd rather have my page file if it were heavily used.
     
  5. kencol

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    Thankyou for your input but I think have solved a problem cheaply and easily. I have the advantage of having the machine in front of me and without running in exotic tests I can visibly see a marked differenceinperformance
     
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    Whatever floats your boat. :rolleyes:
     
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