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Page file on HD1, HD2 or HD1 and HD2, that's the question?

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  1. EastCoasthandle

    EastCoasthandle New Member

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    I'm curious to know which is offers the best performance when using pagefile. Is it better to just use a separate hard drive or use both your main and 2nd hard drive?
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    I read in the past that its better for the page file to be on the non-OS drive, but I think its logical to think that it depends on what the second drive is.

    In my case the second HDD is a WD Caviar Green, no way will it be beneficial to put the page file on that slow drive compared to leaving it on my Samsung F1 main drive. Right?
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    Google "page file". MS has several recommendations based on what you're doing with your system. Very rarely will you need to split the page file across physical drives. And if you do, they recommend a very small file on the boot drive and the bulk on a separate physical drive.
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    Of course, put the page file on your fastest drive ... e.g. mine is contained solely on my SSD.
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    EastCoasthandle New Member

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    Overall use the faster HD regardless if it's your main HD or not. But I wonder if it's beneficial to include the second drive though? IE: use system managed for both drives. There is very little information about it and was wonder about it.


    That is not particularly helpful. If you have an actual link then provide it.
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    :laugh: "Right?" as in "Does that make sense to you?" not as in "Is that right?"
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    If you have a lot of RAM, I don't think it makes a whole lot of difference.
    Mine's on my OS drive.
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    :toast: you know, I've read nearly every manual, guide, recommendation from MS, not one of them said to ignore common sense :D
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    Assuming your hard drives have the same performance, you'll get better overall system performance if you put it on a second drive, for sure. It's all down to that little HD head not having to thrash around for the page file and all the other files.

    However, it doesn't seem to make much difference. I saw a review of different page file configs a while back (in a paper computer mag, no less. PC Pro or something) and they're all pretty close really. I put mine on a second drive anyway, but it doesn't make any tangible difference to me.

    Ironically, you'll get the best speedup when you're system is low on RAM and already struggling to the point where you're just sitting there while it thrashes the HD. :laugh: Something like Vista 64-bit on a 512MB RAM slow CPU system would benefit the most from a page file on a separate HD - but you'd never run a system like this anyway. You wouldn't...?
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    EastCoasthandle New Member

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    Good info, thanks! :toast:
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    Oh bum, I'd just edited it while you quoted me! :laugh: Only a little edit to add a bit. :)
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    Yeah, I got it, thanks for the info though. It was exactly the kind of information I was looking for.


    Yeah, I tried looking around for that kind of information and came up with nothing.
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    Good stuff, thanks! :toast:

    I also found this interesting:

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    Had a buddy awhile back do extensive testing on this Issue with multiple HD's in the system.....he found that the fastest access point was on the leading edge of a secondary drive for the pagefile....this was with 4gig DDR installed.

    Hope it helps.
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    Yeah, any personal experience is welcomed.
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    I found my system to run a little better with my pagefile moved to my data HDD. I suppose if your running SSD for OS it would be better to leave it on that drive.

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