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SubjectWindows drive, swap file drive, and game drive? new Reply to this message
Posted bymikeyt
Posted on11/13/06 12:59 PM



I'm putting together a new system and was wondering if it makes a difference if you put your windows installation, swap file, and games on different drives? I'm going to have 1 SATA hard drive and 1 old IDE drive. Which would be the best drives to put what?




SubjectRe: Windows drive, swap file drive, and game drive? new Reply to this message
Posted byUncleVom
Posted on11/16/06 11:11 PM



Assuming it is the boot drive and the fastest drive, I would put windows and it's virtual memory on a reasonably large first partition on it, use another partition on the same drive for games and such and use the other drive for back-ups and other data.

UncleVom


SubjectIs it not true that if you have at least 1 gig RAM... Reply to this message
Posted byEvildrak
Posted on11/23/06 03:37 PM



> Assuming it is the boot drive and the fastest drive, I would put windows and
> it's virtual memory on a reasonably large first partition on it, use another
> partition on the same drive for games and such and use the other drive for
> back-ups and other data.
>
> UncleVom
>
You theoretically don't even need a page file?


SubjectRe: Is it not true that if you have at least 1 gig RAM... new Reply to this message
Posted byUncleVom
Posted on11/23/06 09:41 PM



> > Assuming it is the boot drive and the fastest drive, I would put windows and
> > it's virtual memory on a reasonably large first partition on it, use another
> > partition on the same drive for games and such and use the other drive for
> > back-ups and other data.
> >
> > UncleVom
> >
> You theoretically don't even need a page file?
>
Agreed, if you don't run out of physical memory you don't really need one.

I really depends what you are running and how much data you are dealing with. With today's bloated operating systems and huge media files 1 gig. of RAM is pretty marginal.

I look upon the page file more or less as a safety net, generally if you see that disk led thrashing you know an app has gone on a memory eating frenzy or you have a lot of things running concurrently and/or your box is owned by multiple zombie masters or you need to buy more RAM.

IME windows can do some pretty ungraceful things if it runs out of physical memory and doesn't have one.

Disk space is cheap, having virtual memory file of 2x physical doesn't cost much and if things go bad it can provide an cushion for recovery or troubleshooting.

UncleVom



SubjectHence theoretically :) -nt- Got 2 gig myself. new Reply to this message
Posted byEvildrak
Posted on11/24/06 08:09 PM



> > > Assuming it is the boot drive and the fastest drive, I would put windows and
> > > it's virtual memory on a reasonably large first partition on it, use another
> > > partition on the same drive for games and such and use the other drive for
> > > back-ups and other data.
> > >
> > > UncleVom
> > >
> > You theoretically don't even need a page file?
> >
> Agreed, if you don't run out of physical memory you don't really need one.
>
> I really depends what you are running and how much data you are dealing with.
> With today's bloated operating systems and huge media files 1 gig. of RAM is
> pretty marginal.
>
> I look upon the page file more or less as a safety net, generally if you see
> that disk led thrashing you know an app has gone on a memory eating frenzy or
> you have a lot of things running concurrently and/or your box is owned by
> multiple zombie masters or you need to buy more RAM.
>
> IME windows can do some pretty ungraceful things if it runs out of physical
> memory and doesn't have one.
>
> Disk space is cheap, having virtual memory file of 2x physical doesn't cost much
> and if things go bad it can provide an cushion for recovery or troubleshooting.
>
> UncleVom
>



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