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How can I tell what's making my paging file big?

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#1 cuistech


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:21 AM

I know I'm probably missing something painfully obvious, but how can I identify what's writing to my pagefile.sys and inflating it? Knowing that will help me identify and kill the processes causing it.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:26 PM

The page file fluctuates normally, unless the user has set a static size.

I'm not sure at all why you are concerned with the size of the pagefile...or changes to it.

What version of Windows?

Why do you think something has to be done about the pagefile?


Edited by hamluis, 23 February 2012 - 12:31 PM.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:51 AM

Server 08. We're just running out of disk space during certain parts of the day, and I have identified that's when the page file blots to double-digit gigs. I'm just trying to identify what's using the page file like that, and how to restrain it.

I'm not worried about the page file itself, just what's making it bloat.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:09 PM

You can use the perforance monitor to see what the usage is per program. I am going to venture a guess and say you access a database like SQL on the server? If so you may have exceeded the number of users\requests that the system memory can handle and it is flowing over into the page file. I would also do a standard system component check related to the system memory and the drive systems. I will bet you have a high disk queue number and supper high read/writes to the memory. Check out this ARTICLE for more info.
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