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How Much Paging File Size Memory To Allocate?


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#1 Yorkie

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 02:33 PM

My PC is Windows XP SP2 with 256 RAM and my hard drive is partitioned with around 10GB free on each. I was thinking of increasing the Paging File Size but am not sure what size will be best for my PC.

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 05:03 PM

If you look, it'll tell you the max suggested paging file size.....I just change it to the max, this way it has that much if it needs it and it's always there for the system to use. However, I have 2gb of ram and a 200gb hard drive, so I can spare the extra memory...
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Posted 05 March 2006 - 01:27 PM

Stevealmighty is right. Unless you are having a problem with windows it would be better to let Windows handle that task automaticaly. With that said if you did have to set it manually, the rule of thumb is 1 times the amount of RAM. You have 512mb so you would set it at 768mb.
One more note. You should have 10% to 15% of free hard drive space on the primary partition of the primary drive so that windows can operate properly.
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Posted 22 April 2006 - 10:50 AM

Suggest you read the Tweaking Guide for Windows XP. Explains the whole issue of pagefile size nicely. I used to struggle with a pagefile 1.5 times my paltry 256 M RAM. Now my laptop is purring along nicely with a bit larger pagefile :thumbsup: and what's more the whole thing is rock solid and stable (and has been for more than a year) I admit to upgrading my 256 to 512 but as you'll see from Kharoush's explanation that is not the reason my system is stable (or purring!)

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 02:22 PM

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Suggest you read the Tweaking Guide for Windows XP.you'll see from Kharoush's explanation that is not the reason my system is stable (or purring!)


For ease of finding the referenced material that Hobgoblin has mentioned. Here is a link to TweakGuides Tweaking Companion Version 3.0. That is the tweak guide by Koroush Ghazi.

Note the guide was formerly called 'The Windows XP Tweaking Companion' (XPTC), however the name has been changed due to legal action by Microsoft.


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Posted 23 April 2006 - 04:37 PM

That's the one!

Great resource if you're using XP. It explains XP in terms my Granma can understand :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 06:11 PM

I've got a term that anybodys granny could understand.

Leave it alone!

Now, how's that for a 'one liner'? :thumbsup:

In all seriousness, the programmers at M$ are much smarter at making windows work efficiently than we are.
They set the pagefile up to be 1.5x the amount of installed ram and they put it in the root directory of the OS drive for fastest access.

I'm an experienced computer tech, and I'm just real satisfied to leave my pagefile alone. It works just fine. :flowers:

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