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SSD Shrinking due to RAM Increase pls help.

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March 13, 2014 2:05:35 PM

I built a PC with a 120 GB SSD as the primary OS drive (C:)  running windows 7 pro. I started off with a 3TB my book live as my primary storage device (A:)  but then added a 2TB WD HDD as well. I started with 16GB of RAM and recently got a sweet deal on 2 more 8 GB sticks so I installed them. Now my SSD looks like it has no space left on it and I have uninstalled almost everything other than browsers and misc small programs.
I ran WinDirStat and it shows my page file is 27GB and my hiberfil.sys is 24GB.
I have been trying to read through articles about moving or disabling the page file but I am just not sure what is the best thing to do in this case. Can anyone please give me some advice in this area or point me to the right articles?
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March 13, 2014 2:14:11 PM

1.Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

In the left pane, click Advanced system settings. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Change.

Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.

Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.

Click Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, click Set, and then click OK.
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March 13, 2014 2:21:29 PM

Well there was no point to 16GB let alone 32GB. Its never going to be used for anything unless your running high end professional software, ram drives or VMs. And BOTH the page file and hibernation file should be on a hard disk not your SSD. That one of the basic steps in setting up an SSD. There is also no reason for the page file to be that large.

Some people will go on a rant that you shouldn't disable the page file and you need it, but you don't. Oh sure occasionally a badly designed program will act up if its not there. But other than that its unnecessary. I've had mine turned off for 5 years with just 8GB of ram and had exactly zero issues.
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March 13, 2014 6:48:33 PM

unksol said:
Well there was no point to 16GB let alone 32GB. Its never going to be used for anything unless your running high end professional software, ram drives or VMs. And BOTH the page file and hibernation file should be on a hard disk not your SSD. That one of the basic steps in setting up an SSD. There is also no reason for the page file to be that large.

Some people will go on a rant that you shouldn't disable the page file and you need it, but you don't. Oh sure occasionally a badly designed program will act up if its not there. But other than that its unnecessary. I've had mine turned off for 5 years with just 8GB of ram and had exactly zero issues.


lol same here for 2 years but I have 16GB ram. I notice system actually runs better without a swap file at all. and that reduces a lot of random writing to the SSD when there no need for it due to the amount of ram.
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April 1, 2014 10:50:15 PM

Just from the perspective of drive wear and tear, page files aren't that big a deal. There are good reasons to reduce the size of the page file, but reducing writes to a SSD just isn't very intensive. It's 4 KB aligned, and the total amount of data transferred just isn't enormous.

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Christopher Ryan
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