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Disk space full - can I move PAGEFILE.SYS

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I have a Dell server running Windows Server 2003.   It came pre-configured with a 12GB partition for the C: drive and it's pretty much full.    I've moved the print spool to another partion to help keep the C: drive from filling up.    I've also noticed that the business application software installers recently changed the PAGEFILE.SYS file to 1.5GB, presumably to help their MS-SQL based software to run. They are unavailable to ask, so I can only presume.

Can I move the PAGEFILE.SYS to another partion to free up some disk space?  It has two physical SCSI hard drives mirrored RAID-1 with two partions ( C: and D:).  

Can I move the PAGEFILE.SYS to the D: partition and if so, what's the safest procedure to do this?

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To adjust your pagefile use...
System / Computer Properties -> Advanced system Properties -> Advanced Tab -> Performance Settings -> then advanced tab again. Change Virtual Settings.  

You can place some Pagefile on any partition but you'll always need some minimal amount on your system partition.
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It's a good idea to keep the pagefile on a separate partition than the OS even if it isn't full. You will get a performance increase by doing do.

It's a fairly simple process to move the pagefile. First create a new pagefile on the D: drive (you can keep the same size). Then delete, or set to 0, the existing pagefile on the C drive.

Here's an article that goes into more detail on moving and optimizing pagefiles on Windows Server 2003.
http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2004/04/27/pagefile.html

TK
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Excellent answer. Thanks so much!
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i shrank the size of the page file i hated to do this but it was the only option, i will be moving later and hopefully i can figure out what it is thats eating my drive,, thanks so much to all of you!!!
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