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Virtual Memory settings help required for 64bit XP

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Can anyone advise me what the appropriate minimum and maximum virtual settings should be
for a 64 bit Computer with following specs.
Intel i7
12GB Ram,  Two  250 GB HDD's
Windows XP Professional version 5.2 Service Pack 2
Software installed Stata Version 10  data sets exceeding 7GB
Following  Info required please
Minimum and maximum virtual memory
Which box to tick   Custom size / System managed size / No paging file
for both  C:\  and D:\
Look forward to your advice
Ian
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FatManc earned 1500 total points
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Hi,

You have two options:

1. You can click on the System Managed Size option and let Windows managed the pagefile for you. This is the option most users would choose as you can just click and forget it.

2. If you want to manage the size yourself then click on Custom Size and make sure the maximum size is 3 times the amount of ram you have. In your case 36Gb.

I would select only one of the drives to store the paging file either C: or D:

Use whichever drive doesn't have the OS installed (so normally would be D:)

Using both will degrade performance.

Hope this helps
John
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by:racepro
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Hi John
Thanks for this advice
After following your instructions by allowing Windows do it for me my settings now read
Minimum Allowed    16 MB
Recommended        15343 MB
Currently Allocated 10229 MB
Hope this sounds right and thanks again
Ian
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