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    Paging File/System Memory question

    I currently have my paging file on my d drive (i.e. non windows) set at min=1024 and max=1024, which I read somewhere was optimum.

    I run a gig of fast ram and was wondering whether I need a paging file? Don't some programs require a paging file?

    Just wondering what everyone else does and whether there is a performance gainto be had.

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    Dont eliminate it altogether because as you say some programs need it and you'll get out of memory errors if there is no virtual memory.

    The XP default size is (I think) 1.5 times the amount of physical memory you have. If you think you will never use more than a Gygabyte of RAM then you could probably cut the virtual memory to a few Megabytes. Saying that it is quite possible to use more than 1GB of memeory if you do a lot of CAD, Image editing, 3D design, music editing etc so unless your bothered about disc space you might as well leave it as it is .

    If you are actually using virtual memory there is a performance gain to be had by putting it on a seperate physical disk (to your OS drive) or spreading it over a number of drives (not partitions).

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    It can make the world of difference for specifc systems/applications, but with a large amount of RAM it makes little difference. You could possibly do away with your page file depending on what you run. Personally I use min 512Mb/max 512Mb on a second drive.

    SiSoftware Sandra recommends a set up of 1.5x to 2x times your system RAM, but for what I use my system for, this really is not necessary.
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    I see, so a physically different drive is best. Unfortunateley I''m running raid 0 with 4 partitions and have my paging file on the second "d" partition. Sry I didn't mention this - my bad.

    Ta any way.

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