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Defraggler shows Page File blocks on Drive Map - but there is no Page File allocation on this drive

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The main drive with the OS was getting quite full.  At that, the page file allocation was on another drive already.
I added a new drive and moved a big directory onto it - leaving 45% free on the OS drive.
The OS drive was by then *very* fragmented.
So, I ran Defragger a couple of times.  It shows a whole lot of randomly scattered gold-colored blocks which mean "Page File".  Seems very odd and seems to get in the way of a good defrag.  Defrag reports 6% but the drive map shows not nearly enough contiguous "Empty" space with all those "Page File" blocks in there.
I ran chkdsk
I ran Windows defrag. Which doesn't show the Page File blocks at all.
I ran Defragger again.  Still shows the gold-colored Page File blocks all over the place.  And the defrag seems hampered by something - so I suspect those Page File blocks.
There's a small DOS partition that has none of this and defrags very nicely.
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Well look for pagefile.sys and delete it.

In Windows Explorer you might have to go Tools --> Folder Options --> View --> Show Hidden Files And Folders --> OK to see hidden files.

If you can't see it then at the command line try

attrib -r   -a   -s   -h   X:\pagefile.sys
del X:\pagefile.sys

where X: is the drive it is on.
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by:Fred Marshall
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Deleting pagefile.sys on that drive.
And then rebooting
Did it!!

Thanks!
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Thanks again!
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