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USB memory disk as a paging file for virtual memory?

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Hi,

I want to know your opinion about usb memory disk as a paging file for windows virtual memory.

I am trying to set paging file on usb memory disk, but it is looks windows don't like it and simply ignore it and create paging file on my c:\ drive. It is looks like paging file is created on usb memory disk, but when I check, there is no swap file on usb memory disk. The usb memory disk still empty.

Anyone have experience on it?

Regards,
Arto.
 
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Hard Drive > usb stick
it's faster
 
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waste of time anyways.. just make sure your system has enough real memory.. if it has.. windows wont use its pagefile in any meaningfull way so it dosnt matter where u put it..

when windows had to make do with 32 megs of ram it mattered.. now it dosnt..

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Hi,

I want to know your opinion about usb memory disk as a paging file for windows virtual memory.

I am trying to set paging file on usb memory disk, but it is looks windows don't like it and simply ignore it and create paging file on my c:\ drive. It is looks like paging file is created on usb memory disk, but when I check, there is no swap file on usb memory disk. The usb memory disk still empty.

Anyone have experience on it?

Regards,
Arto.
Well, I have actual experience & tried it on USB 1.0 stuff...

I tried it years ago on Windows XP, using a SanDisk card via an external USB reader for it (by SanDisk, all USB 1.0 stuff)...

Not EXACTLY the same, but not worth it...

E.G.-> Too slow of a medium apparently, because once I tried it? Well, it got me TONS of read/write errors as well, often corrupting the SanDisk memory card.

APK

P.S.=> VISTA is supposedly going to be able to use USB memory sticks in this capacity OR one like it (extending your system RAM on the mobo), but most likely USB 2.0, because the speed for it is better than what I tried it on (USB 1.0)... we will see how it works out then, once it releases & folks try it... apk
 
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I agree with everyone else on this matter, a USB paging file isn't really worth it. You'd get much better pagefile performance by buying a cheap second hard drive and putting it on that.
 

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Well, I have actual experience & tried it on USB 1.0 stuff...

I tried it years ago on Windows XP, using a SanDisk card via an external USB reader for it (by SanDisk, all USB 1.0 stuff)...

Not EXACTLY the same, but not worth it...

E.G.-> Too slow of a medium apparently, because once I tried it? Well, it got me TONS of read/write errors as well, often corrupting the SanDisk memory card.

APK

P.S.=> VISTA is supposedly going to be able to use USB memory sticks in this capacity OR one like it (extending your system RAM on the mobo), but most likely USB 2.0, because the speed for it is better than what I tried it on (USB 1.0)... we will see how it works out then, once it releases & folks try it... apk
Thanks for sharing.

Yes, I read on the net, Vista maybe better for this matter.

In several test, I found if I set the paging file size myself, it will slowing down the system. My benchmark show improvement when I set windows to manage page file size.

Thank you everyone.

Regards,
Arto.
 

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I agree with everyone else on this matter, a USB paging file isn't really worth it. You'd get much better pagefile performance by buying a cheap second hard drive and putting it on that.
After reading many source on the nets, I agree with you. But, memory upgrade should be better than adding second hard drive (if money doesn't matter). Too bad, memory price is going up for these few months :twitch: .

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usb is way too slow, but the bigger problem is that flash has a limited number of write cycles. so if you write the same block 100k times you cant write to it any more
 
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usb is way too slow, but the bigger problem is that flash has a limited number of write cycles. so if you write the same block 100k times you cant write to it any more
I didn't konw that... does that mean that if I use my USB flash drive loads it will 'wear out'?
 

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I didn't konw that... does that mean that if I use my USB flash drive loads it will 'wear out'?
yep but during normal use this will not matter .. assume 10 writes to the same sector a day and it will still hold over 3 years.
 

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We needs some benchmarks between hdds and usb2.0 thumb drives.
usb 2.0 is limited to about 30 mb/s data rate at the interface .. check my scythe kama connect review for a comparison
 
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flash memory is slow.. cheap thow i just bought pair of 1 gig sd cards for 11 quid each.. now ten of those for 110 quid.. hmmmm.. shame they aint a bit faster.. he he

in fact a 1 gig sd card in a baby sd card only reader makes more sense than the stick things.. at least u can bung the card in anything..

trog

ps.. it would be usefull as win pe type boot device thow.. an any operating system u like on a memory stick seems a good idea..