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Pagefile on SSD having trouble clarifying

Discussion in 'Storage' started by ikith, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. ikith New Member

    Feb 9, 2014
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    Running Windows 8.1 64bit
    8.00 GB of RAM
    Intel Core i7-3630QM @ 2.40 GHz

    Recently I bought an SSD (Samsung 840 Pro 512gb), and did a bit of research but I'm having trouble finding clarification on the subject of having the Pagefile on the SSD or off. On one hand I find that it's constantly written to and can degrade the SSDs life, however in other places I find people saying that Windows has gotten better at pagefile management and it's fine to keep it on the SSD as it's not written to as often.

    I've been running with my Pagefile on the ssd since I installed it 4 days ago but would rather not cause damage or too much wear on the SSD.

    So is it okay for me to leave my pagefile on the SSD or should I move it off immediately?

    Also what about swapfile.sys, do I need to move this as well, and if so, how?
  2. manofthem

    manofthem WCG-TPU Team All-Star!

    Jan 9, 2011
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    I have always left it on my ssd, a Samsung 830 256gb, been that way for a couple years now. Recently I re-ran a few ssd benches and the drive is still reporting very strong number, very close to the original numbers when brand new.

    Only thing I have done is size-down the page file just to save space. I don't remember exactly, but I think I changed it to like 4gb max usage or thereabouts. (perhaps this wouldn't be a good idea for certain programs that intensely use the page file)

    Ssds are much stronger than they used to be so I wouldn't worry about it. That's my opinion :)
    Crunching for Team TPU
  3. pigulici


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    I have a Samsung ssd my self, 2 years old, good like first day, let the page file or swap on ssd, I never understand the people who buy a ssd and put cache/swap/page/games files on another hdd, it defy the first purpose of ssd -speed- ; why buy shoes if you put in closet and keep walk barefoot, to not wear down, and still ask you why the foot hurt...
  4. W1zzard

    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

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    While it technically degrades the lifetime somewhat, the effect is too small to matter, unless you plan to use your SSD for 10 to 25 years.
    10 Year Member at TPU

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