Over use of hard disk
Posted on 2003-03-11
I have a win2k server that doesn't seem to be living up to its hardware. It has dual 500 mhz processors and 2 GB of RAM but it is still slow at times. While running the performance monitor and task manager, I noticed that the server is accessing the hard disk far more than it should and ignoring the paging file. (Perfmon shows lots of disk access and very little paging)I would like it to utilize the RAM more and the paging file but it seems to want to go to hard disk directly. How can I increase RAM utilization or even the paging file instead of spinning my HD? Has anyone else ever seen this behaviour before? I would appreciate hearing from you.
More info: Paging file is set to 3070MB initial 4000MB max - it is hardly ever used; I have observed it barely being touched while the HD is grinding away and RAM still available (at the same time everyone in office complains about the speed of the system and tries to stress me out)
-All RAM detected (2,096,620 KB) so I doubt it is 'bad RAM'
-Users complain of hanging processes and slooooow response but when I start checking into it, the CPU is fine (usually under50%) and more than a GB of RAM is free
-Available physical memory is usually about 1.4 GB or so
-We run SP2
-I have not changed any default settings in windows (that I remember) so the various processes we run (Office and a real estate database program) shouldn't bypass the memory