Thread: another swap file problem
August 5th, 2006, 11:40 AM #1
another swap file problem
I have two drives on this computer C: drive is windows Me, which I never use, only as a back up for file and programs on my D: drive which has XP Pro on it. What should the swap file be for each drive? No paging file? System managed file? set min a max? and for which drive. I use D: always which is where my xp Pro is. I save and backup a few things to C; drive, but thats it. I have 256 megs of PC-133 SDRAM. I think right now they are both set up for 384 min and 768 max. What should I change? Does C: drive even need a paging file or does D: drive need no paging file since its supposed to be on c: drive anyway? Im confused . All I know is this thing is thrashing with every program and page Im trying to start, and I know this is part of the problem.. What would you recommend? Ive experimented, and cannot come up with anything that works.. Thanks again.Acer Aspire, M1100 Windows Vista Home Premium
August 5th, 2006, 12:13 PM #2
Now are these two separate hard drives? If so, put the swap file on C and set it to 512MB (2X the amount of real RAM you have).
If the C and D are just partitions on one hard drive put the swap file on D. You won't get any performance gain putting it on C.
August 5th, 2006, 12:18 PM #3
You might try making the swap files min and max the same number. This way it doesn't need to adjust the size all the time. Set both to 512mb or 768mb. More ram would also help limit the thrashing.“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
August 5th, 2006, 11:48 PM #4
these are two separate hard drives. I put swap drive on C: and set to 512, is that the setting for min or max or should min and max be the same? I only have 256 megs of ram in it so far... Thanks for you advise.. Never deal with swap drives on Two drives before, only one.Acer Aspire, M1100 Windows Vista Home Premium
August 6th, 2006, 12:24 PM #5
Set the MIN and MAX values both to 512. That way you won't have Windows resizing the swap file as it's used. It'll cut down on hard drive usage a bit.
August 9th, 2006, 05:20 PM #6
Even with only 256 megs of ram in the sytem, set min and max to 512? and on which drive, C or D?Acer Aspire, M1100 Windows Vista Home Premium
August 9th, 2006, 05:27 PM #7
There used to be the theory of putting 2.5 times the amount of real RAM you have for a swap file, but unless you're doing heavily memory intensive things 2 times is enough.
You create the swap file on the drive that doesn't have Windows installed on it. Which would be your C drive since XP is installed on the D drive.
If you're doing really memory intensive things a lot then I'd suggest upgrading the memory to 1GB. If you do that set the swap file to 1GB or 1.5GB.
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