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I have seen this question before but I forgot the answer.  My hard disk is being accessed very frequently even when idle.  What causes this and how can I prevent what seems to be, unnecessary access?
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Bonita Clare,

Go to smeebud's homepage (EE's top expert) at the following URL.

          http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Troy/6883/

Select his Windows 95 Tune Up page. Part 1 explains how to set virtual memory to reduce the hard drive access. There are many other valuable tips for tuning Windows 95 there also.

Steve

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Excellent site.  Yes, now I remember about the virtual memory.  I am confused about the setting however.  I have 64 megs of memory.  Here is his statement:

5. Specify the same value for the Minimum size and the Maximum size, so Windows95 won't spend so much
time re sizing the file. A good size is roughly 2 1/2 times the amount of installed RAM (i.e. create a 40MB
swapfile if you have 16MB of RAM).
NOTE: With todays much larger amounts of ram, the old standard; 2 1/2 X Ram is not practical.

So what is he saying?
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Bomita Clare,

I searched around the internet for a more exact answer. I found the 2 1/2 recommendation repeatedly even for 64 MB and one recommendation for 200 MB setting for 64MB ram.

I also found this quote from Bud about his settings.

" I have 64mg ram
      60meg permanent swapfile
      [vcache]
      MinFileCache=4096
      MaxFileCache=12288 "

I would try between 60 and 120 depending on how much free space I had. Make sure you do not set it larger than the amount of free space on the drive.


Steve


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Thanks for all your help.  I had already changed the vcache settings.  I changed the virtual memory settings to 160 since I have 843MB free space.  Bud's site is great and I have sent it on to several people and I am already receiving thank you's.
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Thanks for all your help.  I had already changed the vcache settings.  I changed the virtual memory settings to 160 since I have 843MB free space.  Bud's site is great and I have sent it on to several people and I am already receiving thank you's.
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