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Is it possible to set a “priority” for the pagefile.sys drive? (Vista)

After going totally crazy over the hard disk working and buzzing all the time, I thought maybe the problem is with the pagefile read/write process, as a look at the Resource Monitor told so. Then I ...
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How does Windows page when there are multiple pagefiles on multiple disks? [duplicate]

Let's say I have two internal HDDs and configure Windows to place pagefiles on both of them. How do pagefile writes occur? Are pagefile writes spread evenly across the disks? Does Windows prefer ...
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Does a storage HDD need a page file?

I've an HDD used only for storing files (i.e., not used for installing software). Do I need to set a page file for it?
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Why does the pagefile.sys of windows 8 shrink to just about 25% of the size of RAM when hibernation is enabled?

I'm a Windows 8 user, and I've got 2GB RAM. I noticed the following phenomenon: When hibernate is disabled, the pagefile.sys will be the same size as my RAM. But when hibernate is enabled, the ...
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What happens when Windows 7 system runs out of physical AND pagefile memory?

I've read a tons of articles about whether to disable or not to disable PageFile in Windows. For example: ...
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How to set Windows XP pagefile beyond 4096 MB?

I'm trying to increase my windows pagefile so that multiple applications can "run" concurrently without throwing "system is low on memory" errors. However, there seems to be a limit of 4096 MB: ...
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Windows 7 process which changes pagefile size configuration?

I am working to debug an issue where my PC randomly freezes after being idle. At one point I had disabled my page file, but noted I was not getting crash dumps because of this. I am running an SSD, so ...
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Is It Possible To Share Page/Hibernation Files Between 2 Windows OSes?

I plan to install Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 (and Linux Mint) on my HDD. 8 will be installed first, then Server, then Mint. However, these 2 files can take up alot of space. So, is it possible ...
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Increase page file or buy RAM?

I've a 10+ year old XP PC which surprisingly still works however one of the 256MB RAM finally died. Now I am left with just 256MB. As expected the PC became slower however when I tried to increase the ...
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Explorer.exe keeps crashing if effects are enabled Error Status Code: c0000185

The explorer.exe keeps crashing before every minute after starts when all the effects are activated. These are the details of the error: Problem signature: Problem Event Name: InPageError ...
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How to keep program always in memory (no swapping)

I'm using KeePass (on Windows 7) for storing passwords. The application is running on my laptop almost 100% of the time, but I'm using it rarely. The problem is, that activating the window after ...
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Hard drive degredation from large memory usage and paging files?

I've had a question(s) regarding computer degradation going through my head for a while and haven't found many good resources for researching it. 1) First off, when is the virtual RAM/paging file ...
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Where's the best place for a pagefile?

My laptop has one 5400rpm HDD with two partitions: OS (116Gb) and Data (327Gb). Both have plenty of space. I'm wondering whether I'll see improvement if I move my pagefile from the OS partition to ...
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Empty/dump modified memory to pagefile in windows

I use process hacker to clear out a few gigs of ram before loading large files such as 2GB stack traces so that everything does not freeze up for an hour as stuff gets swapped back and forth. However ...
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What is the purpose of “C:\swapfile.sys” in Windows 8?

On Windows 8 there are the following two files in C:\ pagefile.sys - no surprise. It is as big as I configured as my page file size swapfile.sys - it is 256MB in size What is the purpose of this ...
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Win 7 - If 2 pagefiles on separate disks, which does Win 7 use first?

For Win 7 Pro - If 2 pagefiles on separate disks are created, say 800MB on OS drive and 16GB (to match system RAM) on SSD, which pagefile will Win 7 use first? Assume the SSD is faster than the OS ...
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Does having your page file on decrease the life expectancy of your hard drive?

If I have my page file turned on in Windows as opposed to having it turned off as shown below: Would having the page file turned on decrease the life expectancy on my Hard Drive? If so, how much ...
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Is moving my Windows page file to another drive good? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I move the page file to another physical disk location? I use Windows xp and also Windows 7 in my PCs. I want to know what is expected by moving page file into ...
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Confused about Windows 7 64-bit page file with SSD

I followed this advice to get Windows to use more RAM and less paging. To be honest, I'm a total noob to all this page file stuff. I've always just assumed that Windows was using the 8 GB of ram I ...
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Can a full pagefile slow down my PC?

I was working on a company computer, trying to figure out what was wrong with it, why it was running so slow. I started running a chkdsk Friday afternoon, and it took almost an hour just to get to 2% ...
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Why do I see applications with high numbers of page faults when I have a lot of memory available?

I've noticed that some applications (often games) have a very high number of page faults; for example, Diablo III can get into the range of 2 million within 30 minutes of play. Why is this? Does ...
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On Windows 7, does it help to use two partitions on the hard drive for virtual memory page file?

I noticed we can set two hard drives or more for virtual memory page file. But my guess is, if it is the same hard drive, just two different partitions, then it may as well be just one partition? ...
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How to “swap in” again memory from page file to physical memory in Windows at once (like linux swap-off)

Is there a way to swap back in (to put back all the memory data that was put into the page file (or swap, whatever you prefer)) memory on a windows PC? On linux, one can easily do this with the ...
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Pagefile.sys uses a lot of hard drive

What is pagefile.sys? I takes up a lot of space on the main partition of my hard drive.
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Optimum use of Windows7 32bit PAE Ramdisk (3GB + 1GB PAE)

Besides switching to Windows 64bit (or Linux 64bit) what is the best strategy to make the most of my 1GB PAE ramdisk (on a Laptop with a slow harddrive)? Here ...
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SSD for bootable partition & pagefile [closed]

I have heard about problems with SSD used for system partition and paging file on it. Which brand / type of SSD can be used as system partition safely for 2-3 years? Remarks: - i never turn off my ...
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Windows page file on multiple hard drives

I cant find any documentation or articles online online for this... how does Windows handle page files on multiple hard drives? Does windows treat them as a concatenation, writing to one till its ...
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What settings can I change in virtualized XP and W7 to minimise unnecessary image file differential size

I have several virtualized instances of XP and W7 on KVM, and each week I take an LVM snapshot of the qcow2 file and rsync it to a remote site. I'd like to reduce my bandwidth usage if possible - what ...
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Deleting old Windows 7 Files

This is my 3rd install of windows 7 now on various array of hard drives, I'm now onto a SSD. However I need to clean up all the other files, I've managed to get rid of all the permission based files. ...
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Windows 7 and Paging [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need for page file with 12 GB RAM I've got a system with 24 GB of RAM and with Windows 7 installed on a 120 GB SSD volume. The problem is that with default settings ...
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Ideal location for pagefile for workstation?

I have a workstation with 16GB of RAM, an 80GB boot SSD, and a software 4x 80GB array for scratch, running Windows 7 64-bit professional. The SSD is slower in sustained throughput than the array ...
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Page file becomes enormous

I have reinstalled winXP a few months ago on my 6 year old laptop with 512 mb of ram and 1.6 ghz celeron M processor. Everything seems to run fine, I've fixed the overheating problem about a year ...
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win7 laptop with SSD, 2 gig RAM: Should I use Pagefile or ReadyBoost?

Hi I just purchased an Asus 1215B laptop. It is dual core, and has stock 2 gigs of ram. Before the first boot ever, I imaged the drive, and restored onto a Corsair Force GT CSSD-F60GBGT-BK 2.5" 60GB ...
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Memory Pressure with 5 GB Used as Caches?

I manage a fairly powerful workstation, but for some reason the box is very sluggish. Looking at the task manager, I see that almost no memory is free and a lot is used as caches (which IMO should be ...
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Virtual Memory and SSDs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Virtual Memory and SSD On a Windows 7 system, isn't it more beneficial to leave the page file ON the SSD versus moving it over to a HDD? I've heard some say if you move ...
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What are hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys files, and can I safely delete them?

I noticed two big (~ 2GB) files (hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys) at the root of my C: drive and wondered what they were. I searched on google and found some interesting links, but did not find any ...
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Should I have a page file? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I keep my swap file on an SSD drive? I have 16GB RAM and an SSD (actually two in RAID 0 configuration, but one for argument's sake). My CPU is very powerful, as ...
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Is it meaningful to deactivate the page file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows Swap (Page File): Enable or Disable? I have read in some newsgroup entries that it is meaningful to disable the page file if a pc has a lot of memory (8-16GB). ...
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Will placing a pagefile on a 2nd physical disk prevent that disk from powering down?

I would like to span my Windows 7 pagefile across a 2nd disk, but I would still like that disk to be able to power down when idle (and when virtual memory use < physical memory size). Are these ...
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Size of pagefile.sys on Windows 7

A friend of mine is running Windows 7 with 24 GB RAM and her pagefile.sys is also 24 GB in size. She is not running with anything that takes up that much RAM or diskspace. I searched a bit and ran ...
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Size Of Paging File

Why is paging size necessary and why does it balloon now and then. I am using Core 2 Quad. With Windows 7 Professional x32 and 4 GB RAM, still the paging file size is huge near 2.96 GB in C drive. ...
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What drive would have better performance for paging in this situation? [closed]

Pretext: I'm re-installing my system, with an un-attended install, and I'm moving my users directory to another drive. Question: I'm wondering where would I see more performance? Should I keep my ...
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Has someone written (or is aware of) an instruction guide for setting up a RAMDisk and using it for pagefile.sys?

I was talking with a friend the other day about Windows in general and I mentioned that there is, unfortunately no way (that I was aware of) to disable the page file within Windows. Regardless of the ...
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Windows 7 Page File Size?

I'm running Windows 7 x64 on my laptop (MacBook Pro 15") with 8 GB RAM. I have an SSD (128 GB) for storage, and as such every GB of space is pretty precious. So, I recently noticed that the page file ...
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How to disable swapping / set page file usage for certain applications?

There is 1.5Gb RAM at the test computer, and usually, 900Mb of them are free. When I launch an application which takes about 500Mb, Windows 7 goes with swapping, and occasionally this leads to huge ...
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How do I decrease the size of the page file?

I just upgraded my laptop RAM to 12GB (W510, 4 DIMM slots), and since I am using a SSD, I find hard drive space to be quite precious. However, since I have more than enough RAM for most stuff, I think ...
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How can I make my computer use more RAM?

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit with 8GB of RAM. The problem is, I very rarely use all of it. I do some video editing from time to time and it definitely comes in handy then, but for everyday use, I'm ...
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Windows 7 / Page File Disabled / 12 GB RAM / 2+ GB RAM free and “your computer is running low on memory”

So I am running on Windows 7 (64-bit) Home Premium with 12 GB RAM (Intel Core i7 920). I have restricted the Page File to 400MB since it was eating up a lot of space om my SSD (that is 80GB). After ...
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What's wrong with disabling the Windows page file?

People say that you always need a page file, and that it will increase performance, but my Windows 7 is set to run without a page file. I simply don't understand why people say this - I have 6 GiB of ...
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How do you set memory priority (not cpu priority) on windows

I need to know how to change "memory priority" of a process. I need a utility that changes the memory priority of the process. Certain ram intensive programs can still make my important programs ...