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  Optimizing Your Servers' Pagefile Performance
Subject:   Good advice, but doesn't work.
Date:   2005-03-20 10:36:05
From:   polecat99
While it's excellent advice to move the pagefile.sys from the system drive, it truly doesn't work.

If you do the following, reboot then use your system, be sure to Unhide system/protected files from view then look at the root of your system disk. Low and behold, you have a fresh new pagefile.sys now in ADDITION to the one you've put on a secondary drive.

The reason being- Windows 2003 and XP +SP1 and above REQUIRE a pagefile.sys on the main/system drive in case of a crash or blue-screen, and also for boots with a failed mounting of secondary drives/partitions.

So in essence, the good advice offerred here is just going to be superceded by Windows when it creates another pagefile.sys and throws it on your boot device/partition and uses it anyways. No matter what you do, you will have a big pagefile.sys, in use, on your system drive to worry about.

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  • Good advice, but doesn't work.
    2008-03-27 11:31:24  Pcola [View]

    Sorry Polecat99 but you are incorrect. If you go into your page file settings, select NO page file. Shutdown and reboot the machine. When it comes up, go to the root of you C:, you will see NO pagefile. Now go back to page file settings and create one on another volume, lets say D:. As soon as you click OK, pagefile.sys will be created in the root of the D:.
  • Mitch Tulloch photo Good advice, but doesn't work.
    2005-03-22 09:31:19  Mitch Tulloch | O'Reilly Author [View]

    This hasn't been my experience. I just reconfigured a W2K3 machine with two hard drives by setting "no paging file" for C: and a fixed range (768-1510 MB) for D: drive, rebooted, made hidden and system files visible in Explorer, and there's no pagefile.sys on C: drive. I rebooted several times and still no pagefile.sys on C: drive.