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#1 azrael

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 06:55 PM

Hi Everyone,

I just upgraded my PC adding a dual core AMD CPU and a second matched pair of geil value Ram. I also installed a 250GB SATA HDD. I am planning to swop over to this drive in the next couple of days once I've backed everything up off the 20 gig I'm using at the moment. I noticed in task manager that PF usage has gone through the roof. I would have thought that adding more Ram I wouldn't need such a huge swap file. I've just removed the second pair and my PF usage has dropped dramatically from 700MB to 250MB; at one point it was as high as 1.4 Gigs! I have not been using any resource hungry applications or demanding games so excuse me if I feel a little puzzled. Any help will be much appreciated.

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 09:14 PM

Are you using an excessive amount of the Page File, or is it that the allocated size of the page file has increased?
For your Page File settings, which do you have selected, Custom size:, or System managed size?

Page file settings location:
Start / Control Panel / Performance and Maintenance / System / Advanced tab
Under Performance click the Settings button.
Click the Advanced tab.
Under Virtual Memory, click the Change button.
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Posted 28 August 2007 - 09:35 PM

Hi azrael. This increase in Virtual Memory (PF) is normal and good. XP automatically sets the PF size to 1.5 times the amount of actual RAM. It saw that RAM was increased, so it made the adjustment.

Nice upgrade ! When you say you are going to swap over to the new drive, do you mean that you want to move XP over to it, or just your documents, photos, music, etc. ? If you want to move XP then you will either have to reinstall XP onto the new drive or else use a drive "cloning" technique to do this. You can't just simply copy iy over.

After a clone is done you need to configure the new XP installation so that the BIOS knows to boot off of it rather than off the old drive. This is called "setting the boot device order in the BIOS" and "setting the active partition". Google is you friend.
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You can "clone" the original hard drive to the new one if the original is still in good working order. You must be able to log into Windows, or at least into Safe Mode. This will save you XP installation including the Registry, programs and settings. I believe all these utilities can do this:

VCOM Partition Commander

Acronis Migrate Easy

Farstone DriveClone

Paragon Drive Backup

DriveClonerXP freeware

HDClone Free Edition freeware

elby CloneDrive freeware

Beginners Guide: Cloning XP Tutorial

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 04:30 AM

Thanks for your replies. It seems that page file usage has increased. I am looking at the little box in task manager under the performance tab. I have removed the second set of Ram and usage has decreased. I am going to re install and see what happens. I'll check back later. Cheers

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 07:07 AM

Hi azrael. The more usage of PF/Virtual Memory the better ! This means that XP is puuting to good use that new memory. Keep it installed for better performance.




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