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Page file on thumb drive

I am trying to free up space on my 120GB SSD. I looked into reducing the page-file and/or moving it to my data HDD (500GB & 750GB). I have 16GB of ram, so the page-file will rarely if ever be used. I would like to have it completely off of my SSD to help with longevity of the drive. I like to have my HDDs spin down when not in use, so it might be a pain waiting for the drive to spin up when the PF actually gets used.

I thought, why not use one of the 8 GB USB2 thumb drives I have laying around for the page file? I searched and some said they are slow, but they will probably not be used much anyway, and they would be faster than waiting for the HDD to spin up.

Good idea or not?
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  1. I don't think it is a good idea, but A for being creative, lol. Did you move your My Documents folder and DL folder off your SSD to your hard drive too?
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    Firstly, your SSD will not suffer as much as you think due in large part to your 16GB of RAM not needing to be paged out and also the write endurance is far greater than most home machines will need. Secondly, your HDDs will spin up and read and or write a page file faster than your 8GB USB2 stick due to the USB2 bottleneck.

    Just leave the PF where it is on the SSD, if you really need it then it will be fast and used only occasionally. If you don't use it then it will make no difference to your SSD. By all means reduce the size.
  3. littleleo said:
    I don't think it is a good idea, but A for being creative, lol. Did you move your My Documents folder and DL folder off your SSD to your hard drive too?


    Yes I did, I moved Documents, Downloads, Pictures and Video to one of my HDDs.
  4. Flying-Q said:
    Firstly, your SSD will not suffer as much as you think due in large part to your 16GB of RAM not needing to be paged out and also the write endurance is far greater than most home machines will need. Secondly, your HDDs will spin up and read and or write a page file faster than your 8GB USB2 stick due to the USB2 bottleneck.

    Just leave the PF where it is on the SSD, if you really need it then it will be fast and used only occasionally. If you don't use it then it will make no difference to your SSD. By all means reduce the size.


    Thank you, that makes good sense. But since we are on the subject, how would a USB3 thumb drive fair? It should be plenty fast enough and they are cheap.
  5. brad1138 said:
    Flying-Q said:
    Firstly, your SSD will not suffer as much as you think due in large part to your 16GB of RAM not needing to be paged out and also the write endurance is far greater than most home machines will need. Secondly, your HDDs will spin up and read and or write a page file faster than your 8GB USB2 stick due to the USB2 bottleneck.

    Just leave the PF where it is on the SSD, if you really need it then it will be fast and used only occasionally. If you don't use it then it will make no difference to your SSD. By all means reduce the size.


    Thank you, that makes good sense. But since we are on the subject, how would a USB3 thumb drive fair? It should be plenty fast enough and they are cheap.


    Now that is a different proposition entirely. You could set up Ready Drive with a USB3 stick (not cheap for good transfer rates) and be good to go. Alternatively, if you really want to spend that kind of money, why not get a small, cheap SSD as a cache drive?
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