pafefile swap files
Posted on 2011-09-20
A question about how they work...
If I have a 10krpm with an OS installed on it, and I also own another 10krpm drive and two slower 7200rpm which would be better:
by the way... assume that I do not want to use any form of raid....
Install my apps on the other 10krpm drive (a D drive). Use one of the 7200 rpm drives just for a pagefile drive (An E drive). Set up a windows-managed page file on the C drive and on the E drive. In this case would windows use the page file on my E drive most of the time? I thought I read somewhere that it would default to useing whichever pagefile is on the fastest drive. In this example case I want it to use the pafefile on E because even though it is a slower drive, it never gets fragmented and is always ready for use (there is no data installed). I only keep a pagefile on C so that it can create minidumps etc.
Install my second 10k rpm drive as a pagefile drive only (D). Setup windows-managed swap files on C and D. Windows should use the pagefile on D most all the time - it is on one of the fastest drives and will always be ready (no data installed on that drive). Then install my apps on one of the slower 7200rpm drives.