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So I was using WinDirStat today trying to clean out the recess's of my hard-drives and I noticed that my Page.sys has blown up to 4.6 gigs... Is it possible to just delete that and have windows make a new one or clean it somehow? or should it really be 4.6gigs?

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6gigs of ram
250gig primary
300gig slave
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Not sure about the naming convention for Vista, but that sounds like it's your pagefile. You can empty it by setting it to none, then setting it back to whatever size you want. Be sure to reboot

edit: here's a pictar+link

http://mintywhite.com/tech/vista/opt...the-page-file/


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rebooting should reset the pagefile, no?
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rebooting should reset the pagefile, no?

IIRC, only if you configure it to (registry setting). By default it doesnt.
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excellent, thank you!
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kind of pointless resetting it. Just set min/max size and live with it.

Due to PCI standards, my servers at work have Clear Page File enabled, but that adds a bit more time to shutdown.
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to prevent fragmentation, defrag your computer before you remove the pagefile, and then set it to a static size. 2.5x the amount of ram you have is sufficient.

EDIT - you should put it on the drive that is least used too.
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to prevent fragmentation, defrag your computer before you remove the pagefile, and then set it to a static size. 2.5x the amount of ram you have is sufficient.

EDIT - you should put it on the drive that is least used too.

I agree. If you have a "storage" drive, put the pagefile on there. It does make a difference.
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nobody creates a swap partition anymore?

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nobody creates a swap partition anymore?

OS:
SWAP:
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the problem with a "partition" that I've seen is that if it's still on the same physical drive as the OS and DATA, you're going to constantly do reads/writes to that drive.

I've always dropped it on another harddrive altogether.
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I always put the pagefile in a sep. physical drive.
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the problem with a "partition" that I've seen is that if it's still on the same physical drive as the OS and DATA, you're going to constantly do reads/writes to that drive.

I've always dropped it on another harddrive altogether.

it's to guarantee that all the blocks in your pagefile is contiguous and located on the outer tracks. A separate physical disk is extra. Plus it's a good method of separating your data. Most people run their OS on a huge drive or have their OS and data on the same partition and have to transfer when they format.
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So I was using WinDirStat today trying to clean out the recess's of my hard-drives and I noticed that my Page.sys has blown up to 4.6 gigs... Is it possible to just delete that and have windows make a new one or clean it somehow? or should it really be 4.6gigs?

Machine Specs
vista 64bit
6gigs of ram
250gig primary
300gig slave


I'm totally retarded. Ignore what I said earlier it doesn't answer your question.

Your OS reserves space for your pagefile. System Managed and it just guesses at how much you need and what your max is, then it will expand to that max when the pagefile begins to get full.

You want your pagefile to be one contiguous file on the fastest drive. The best way to make it contiguous is to give it it's own partition. This isn't always practical.

Honestly if you're using Vista the best thing to do is just get lots of memory, vista keeps pretty much everything in memory, making hte usefulness of a pagefile minimal. It continues to copy to the pagefile tho.
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