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What size should I give to my pagefile?


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#1 PODxt

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 01:08 PM

Hi,

Ever since I changed my RAM modules, Windows always allocated more space to the pagefile. When I had 4GB of RAM, the advised size of the pagefile by Windows was 6GB. I now have 8GB of RAM and Windows recommended size for the PF is 12GB. So I set a fixed size of 12GB for the PF and didn't let Windows manage the file by itself. I'm about to get 4x 4GB of RAM for a total of 16GB. And I think it would be really exaggerated to allocate 16GBx1.5=24GB for the pagefile, especially because my system is on a 60GB SSD.

I want to keep a pagefile so please don't advise me to disable it. This is my workstation and believe me I will use all of the 16GB of RAM.
My question is: what is the size I should give to the pagefile to avoid any problem (like app crashes)?
Is there a way to see in Windows how much MB or GB is currently used by the pagefile? --> That would be a good way to assess my needs.
Thanks in advance.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 01:12 PM

Are you low on hard disk space? If not, leave it as system managed.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 04:44 PM

Yes, I'm low on space as I'm on a 60GB SSD and OCZ advise not to fill the drive more than 80% of its capacity to avoid wearing as much as possible.
But again, is there a way to see in Windows how much MB or GB is currently used by the pagefile? If I can check that, I'll run a test and launch my apps at full load and see how the pagefile behave.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 04:48 PM

Task Manager - Performance Tab.

But don't worry about it. Just set the pagefile to 1Gb min/max and you'll be fine (and that's larger than you need). You can also go to system properties - advanced - startup & recovery settings and change "write debugging information" to "none"




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