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Deleting the Swap File

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I have 2 physical drives. Drive C is boot and D is a new much faster IBM drive I added recently for music. "C" is partitioned into C,E,F,G.

I moved my swap file from "C" to "D" recently and that went fine.  But, I noticed there is a swap file still left sitting on "G" drive. Odd.  I never put it there, but had it on "C".  Still, the swap file has been moved to "D".

1. Can I delete this swap file left on "G"?  Will it cause a problem?  Why do you suppose it's there?

2. If I delete an active swap file will it cause a problem or will Windows just rebuild it on the next boot?

Note:  My swap file is set as a fixed size, 256MB.
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Get rid of it if you know it is not being used.  Even if it is somehow occasionally being used, it will be recreated.
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by:griessh
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1) Shouldn't be a problem if it really not your swapfile. Double check in your Virtual Memory settings! You can also check the timestamp on the file. If it is used, it will have a current date/time.

2) Windows wouldn't allow you to delete the swap file while you are in Windows. You could do that from DOS. I am pretty sure WIndows will recreate the swapfile, but I have no proof ...:-(
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by:theo kouwenhoven
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You can always move every swapfile (if it is not in use)...
if windows is restarted, the swapfile is created again.

I exclude my swapfile (512 Mb) from my backup, that makes the backup smaller and faster and i had never problems with restoring windows.

So get rid of it.

Regards.
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by:WSC
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1. Virtual memory settings confirm it's been moved to drive "D".  The time and date stamp of both files was a few days earlier.  (Not the same date)  The date of the "D" drive swap file was the date I moved it to "D"  (which figures).

When I get home, I'll delete it.

Thanks.

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