Paging file removal.

  Mysticnas 11:24 19 Sep 2005

Hi all,

I have found a 2Gb Pagefile.sys on my OS drive which was last modified about a month or so ago.

Considering it was last modified a month ago, would it cause any problems if i deleted it?

Thanks all.

  Sethhaniel 11:38 19 Sep 2005

as windows will probably put it straight back for uo ;)
Windows uses this area of the hard drive as though it was RAM - you can alter its size under System Properties - Perfomance Options -Advanced

where you can set it to fixed - approx 1.5 times your RAM - or let windows manage itself -

  Mysticnas 12:10 19 Sep 2005

I changed the drive where it was, basically i set it onto a seperate drive.

I've got 2gb of DDR so i thought i'd turn it off altogether, but apps like photoshop/3D max/premiere, tend to slow down and sometimes have trouble running at all. So i just put the paging file on a seperate drive and it seems to work a lot faster now.

My only concern here was whether windows would at some point refer to the contents of the pagefile.sys that was last modified a month ago and fall over cuz it's not there.

Thanks ;o)

  Sethhaniel 12:40 19 Sep 2005

as it is often turned off during defrag so that all disc space fragments can be ordered - and then turned on afterwards

  Mysticnas 12:56 19 Sep 2005

well.. you see...

This is where i noticed it. Defrag left 2gb of space fragmented and i found it it was the old pagefile.sys. No matter how many times i tried defragging it, it wouldn't budge.

  Sethhaniel 11:16 23 Sep 2005

Clear the Page File at System Shutdown (Windows NT/2000/XP)click here
Windows does not normally clear or recreate the page file. On a heavily used system this can be both a security threat and performance drop. Enabling this setting will cause Windows to clear the page file whenever the system is shutdown.

  interzone55 11:29 23 Sep 2005

How did you move the pagefile?

Normally when you set it to a different drive the old one is deleted, as it's now redundant.

No matter how much ram you have, windows still needs a page file because it doesn't like to fill physical ram it dumps anything that is not of immediate use into the pagefile.

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