Pagefile.sys is to big system keeps stopping.

Posted on 2005-04-13
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
Hello, I have a Windows NT 4.0 server that has a pagefile.sys that takes up 1152MB of space on my 2gig C: partition. I would like to make this smaller so the Server does not crash. I went to properties of  -----> My Computer------->Performance-------Virtual Memory. It says that c: is 1152-1202 MB and that D: is 500-600. Is there any way for me to take up less space on the C: drive? Could I increase the size of the D: and mke the C: drive smaller? Please help.

Question by:tabmpierce
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    Yes. Do it.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Change the pagefile size on C: to 2 MB min, 2 MB Max, and make the one on the D: drive 1800 MB
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    I'm not sure about NT, but in Windows 2K you would get a message saying that Windows will not be able to create a memory dump if you do not have a large enough page file.  This is probably *not* a problem.  I have never known anybody to actually get usefull information from a memory dump file.

    In your situation I would  set the virtual memory space on C: to zero, and set D: to about 2GB (2048MB).  Again, this is based on Win2K experience....maybe leew is suggesting 2MB because WinNT won't let you set it to zero.
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    We have a lot of nt servers, and the pagefiles are removed from the systemdrive (c:). We usually create a different disk or partition of twice the size of the memory of the server. We put the swap file (trough -----> My Computer------->Performance-------Virtual Memory) on the swap disk/partiton.

    We have not yet have problems with this procedure.

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