Page File Size

  highside 13:10 13 Nov 2010

Help please.
My version of Norton has a tune up section with one bit I dont fully understand.

It suggests at the Virtual Memory Menu - look for Total Page File Size on C:\ drive and then set the minimum and maximum to that figure - in my case I see 4063MB.
OK so far but presently the advanced section shows,
Min: 16 MB
Current (as stated 4063 MB)
Recomended 6094 MB

Question why is recomended 6094? and why would Norton recomend in my case 4063?

Win 7 64 bit 4GB Ram lots of HDD

Thanks for looking.

  mgmcc 14:11 13 Nov 2010

The "rule of thumb" used to be that the Minimum should be 1½ times the PC's RAM and the Maximum 3 times. With your 4GB of RAM, this would give a Min of 6GB (6144MB)and Max of 12GB (12288MB). However, with PCs using ever larger amounts of RAM these settings become rather excessive. Best option is probably to use "System Managed Size" and let Windows allocate it.

  Ventad 14:16 13 Nov 2010

the page file by norton is recommending the way I read your thread is that you alter it from 4063MB to 6093MB and make it the both the minimum and maximum this is so that windows is not continually bringing it down to 16MB and then swinging back to maximum, which is what most of us do, and the max is normally set to 1 and a 1/2 times your ram which would be the 6094 MB

  Ventad 14:20 13 Nov 2010

I understand that this also keeps the page file in one block instead of split in sections as your hard disk fills up

  highside 08:04 24 Feb 2011

Thanks for replies.

  GaT7 13:13 24 Feb 2011

I agree with mgmcc.

If I have 4Gb (or more) system RAM I set it to 512Mb min & 2048 max. Any more isn't going to make a difference & could actually slow things down - as a hard disk (or its Page File) is usually the slowest component in modern PCs. G

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