I'm trying to move stuff like temp and the pagefile to an old 120GB IDE drive I found lying around, so that that thing can take some of the wear off my nice SSD C:\ drive before IDE goes the way of the dodo. The pagefile is acting really screwy. Basically, these two threads outline what should be the process.
But they don't encounter my problem. I follow the procedure and allocate 1-4GB onto my IDE drive B:. I've tried all sorts of amounts in that range, but the result is always the same. If I set C:\ to have no pagefile, I reboot and Windows says there was an error with the pagefile configuration and creates a 4GB one on C:. No pagefile.sys on B:\ can be found when I do the checkbox to see hidden files.
If I put the minimum pagefile amount on C:\ of 16MB, then my PC boots up without a dialog, and I have 16MB more of memory available listed in the task manager under COMMIT even though I told it 16MB on C:\ and 2GB on B:\ or whatever. No pagefile.sys can be found on B:\ again.
In both cases, if I reenter the pagefile configuration menu again, change or don't change anything and hit OK, the pagefile is finally written to B:\ and acknowledged under COMMIT in the task manager. If I open all of my programs and get usage above my physical RAM, the pagefile on the other drive is utilised correctly and can be seen being accessed in the hard drive section of Windows' performance monitor. Until I reboot; then I have to go into the settings again to get a pagefile.
I also tried the suggestion at the end of the first thread to change the Write Debug Information setting. Makes no difference either way.
I've tried this on one of my SATA storage drives to see if it was something screwy about my PC and IDE. The phenomenon is exactly the same. Any ideas?