Hmmm...I've never believed that moving the pagefile did anything worthwhile doing, I've never concerned myself with how fast paging operations take place, when they take place, or why they take place...since RAM became a more reasonable commodity to purchase.
Honestly speaking...I think all of the old advice about moving the pagefile...stems from Win 95/Win 98 days when the systems that we have today were not even envisioned. I just let XP manage it and everything seems to work satisfactorily for me.
You are in a different category than I am and I would imagine that nanoseconds count in your world, whereas seconds don't even count in mine
. The pay is not good for retirees, but the free time is one heck of what others would call "a blessing."
I know what you mean about the hard drive cost, but...
While showering this morning, I was reflecting on just how much is a reasonable expenditure per year for a computer system...for a person living on a fixed income (that is meager) like me. I reasoned thus:
a. My computers (I have two) are a daily necessity in 2009, they are a hobby which is also a necessity for just about anyone who doesn't live in a cave today. And I bet that some of those who DO live in caves have laptops
. A computer is more valuable in many ways than a car...and I have no problem at all with spending $1,000 a year on the upkeep of my car for maintenance and repairs because I consider it vital to my life.
That $1,000 does not include insurance, taxes, or gas...strictly maintenance needed to be operational.
b. If I'm willing to spend $1,000 a year on that...then I ought to be willing to spend at least that much on my computer system, based on its value in my life experiences. I use it for all sorts of "business" purposes, but it's value accrues to the way I use it.
I shop (for everything other than food), I inform myself about necessary events/details, I watch/record TV, I buy/collect/play music, I establish/maintain contact with others whose knowledge and good spirit enhance my life, I communicate with those close to me, and I educate myself somewhat (gathering more knowledge about more things each day of my life).
Sooo...IMO, having a computer system running is worth an expenditure of $1,000 a year (I don't think I spend that but I should without regret).
OTOH, you are still working and any computer you own contributes in some way to your capabilities in your chosen line of work (now). You have more income and more mouths to feed than I. You probably expend a lot more than I, of necessity.
If I use that $1,000 figure as a percentage of my incoming cash flow...I come up with 2 different numbers (because I will increase my incoming cash flow via Social Security in 2 months. Percentagewise, about 8% today, about 4% in 2 months.
So my guidance to anyone like us (who truly use our computers for some of the many varied capabilities) would be to spend anything between 4-8% without even questioning it...on your system(s).
Of course, the wife may not like that but that percentage doesn't seem like a heck of a lot to spend for the benefits which a system confers on those who truly use it.
If a gamer can spend $200 on a video card which will be obsolete and kicked to the curb inside of a year...I don't think $800 for hard drives is excessive at all, considering that (IME) it's fairly rare when a drive goes bad and becomes totally useless.
I'm sure that others have opinions on this, let's see what they say