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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by silvershield, Jan 1, 2006.

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  1. silvershield

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    I want to know if it is better to buy a seperate harddrive to put the page file on. If so, then about how big of harddrive do I need? I have a 384 MB page file currently, I have it set to let Windows manage it automatically. My question is, will I gain better performance just increasing from 384 MB to about 700 MB?, or will I gain more performace buying a dedicated hard drive only for the page file. any help is appreciated. thanks
     
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    Yes, it would speed up seek times, because windows might be trying to read other data from the HD at the same time it is reading the pagefile (which is just extra memory really). Having it on a separate drive will speed it up, cause windows can read from both at the same time.

    As for size, 1.5 times your ram is recommended.

    However, after saying all this, you would do better to add more physical ram to the system. 256Mb is low for things these days. You might want to increase it to 512, which would be better than increasing the PF. The more ram, the less windows needs a pagefile. Some people don't even have one.

    Scorp.
     
  3. silvershield

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    So I should upgrade physical memory, then page file size, then hard disk?
     
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    by the way, I have a computer that i dont use, however it has 512 MB DDR SDRAM PC2100 installed... I think SDRAM is backwards compatible, but if i swap the modules from this one from the other one, will both comps still work?
     
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