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    Page File

    Greetings All,

    In Win7 I would like to know the proper way to insure the Page File is working properly and to the best advantage to Win7.

    My Win7 has 4 Gig of RAM insalled.
    I have a 500 gig main drive partitioned to C: / D: / E: / F:
    I have a 1TB secondary drive as K:

    Space: C 79 Gig Free
    Space: D 48.5 Gig Free
    Space: E 115 Gig Free
    Space: F 84 Gig Free
    Space: K 591 Gig Free

    For the best operation which drive would be best for the page file and a size for the page file ?

    Your expertise is appreciated

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    Let Windows manage it on C:.

    The pagefile should be located on the fastest drive.

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    How does one determine the fastest drive then ?

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    By a combination of rotational speed, cache size, & interface speed.

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    If the 500 GB drive and the 1 TB drive are similar in in specs mentioned earlier, you would benefit from putting the paging file on the K drive. You can probably find something on the internet that will test the speed of your drives read and write speed. You can do it with device manager:
    http://ttcshelbyville.wordpress.com/...evice-manager/

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    I second the notion of letting W7 handle all the details on its own. If you really want some pick up and go, get a good SSD and put your OS on that.
    That said you could put it on the K drive and all things being equal, be measurably faster there, but probably not noticeably faster....won't be any doubt at all with an SSD.

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    A better solution would be to install sufficient RAM (for Windows 7 64-bit: 4 GB to 8 GB), so that there is very little need for paging.
    Then it doesn't really matter where you put the Page File!
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    With 4 GB Ram, and a Windows controlled page file, you should be all set. Generally 4 GB Ram is sufficient for most users unless you often run resource intensive apps, or many apps at once. In Win 7, windows is doing a much better job of controlling the page file than in previous versions.
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    A better solution would be to install sufficient RAM (for Windows 7 64-bit: 4 GB to 8 GB), so that there is very little need for paging.
    Sure, even at 4 though, so few users even come close to using that much in their daily activity it wouldn't be noticeable. If you're one of the outliers though, it could help in certain situations, especially if you have a 6 or threaded 8 core and are trying to max out those monsters.

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    Your operating system should be installed on the fastest drive that you have and your PF should remain on it, not any other drive or partition.
    Your pagefile should be left to the operating system's default settings, especially Windows 7, but less so with Windows XP.
    To conserve HDD space you may set for minimum and a maximum. This way it will only be used only when it is actually needed and then default back to the lowest.

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    Thanks gentlemen and ladies ( ? ) I'll let Win 7 handle it on the main drive.

    Best to all

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