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Hi,

I have tried to move pagefile.sys from C to D but for some reason it just stays in C...

In Virtual Memory settings, I performed the following steps:

- unchecked "Automatically manage paging file..."
- selected C then "No paging file"
- clicked on SET

- then selected D
- selected "System Managed Size"
- Click on SET.

I was prompted to reboot the server, server rebooted. I now see two paging files, one is C for 34 gig and one in D.

Why the paging file is not removed from C and how can I remove it from C? or is there a way to reduce the size to its original size.

The paging file just increased to 34 gig when I initially had an issue with a software that was causing memory leak. So since the software was using all the memory, windows increased the size of pagefile.sys, the software was fixed so I got lots of RAM available now. Shouldn't windows now reduce the size?

Thanks
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Go to the Virtual Memory configuration screen and select C: so that it's highlighted.  Click on the radio button for "No paging file" and click the set button.  If you don't see this, please post a screen shot using the attach file feature here.
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by:ezzadin
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Hi,

Thanks, but as you can see I already mention that in my post. I have done that but the paging file is still in C.
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PaulNSW earned 1400 total points
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if it still says that C has no paging file, try deleting it manually

If it's really not in use, you will be able to delete it
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by:ezzadin
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Hi Paul,

I never tried to deleted it since there is a little lock on the file. So I'm assuming it is locked and Windows won't allow me to delete it.

I will give that a try.

Thanks.
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by:CarlosDominguez
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- uncheck "Automatically manage paging file..."

- first select D
- select "Custom size"
- specify size of pagefile based on the amount of physical memory (x2 is a good rule).
- Click on SET.

- select C
- select "No paging file"
- click on SET.

Restart.
If you see the pagefile.sys file in C: and you also see the pagefile.sys file in D: with the size specified, and you see these options set in the virtual memory configuration, then it seems like you can try to manually delete the C:\pagefile.sys
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by:ezzadin
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It deleted the file manually and that worked.

Thanks for your help.
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