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I have recently rebuilt my computer (Windows 7 Pro 32bit), and am in the process of paritioning my hard drive. My question is, is it beneficial to make a separate partition for the page file, rather than have it on the same drive as the Operating System (C:)?

I am thinking of making a 5GB partition called Swap (S:) that will contain the a 4458MB (As advised by Windows) page file, whereas the C drive will contain none. Is it bad for the only page file to be on this partition and to have none on the C drive?

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I've done this in the past, where I had a very locked-down C: drive. It works fine, but there are two things to bear in mind:

  1. You won't gain much speed, as it's still on the same physical device.

  2. If you put the C: partition first on the drive, then your swap will be on the outer edge of the disk, which is traditionally slower.

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Right, so there's no particularly large downsides to it? – DanielGibbs Mar 4 '11 at 5:19
Yep, there aren't any really good reasons for not doing it, other than the management overhead for minimal gain. – xorsyst Mar 4 '11 at 11:25

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