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January 25, 2011 10:53:43 AM

Hello,

I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and I have it on an unpartitioned 500 GB hard drive. I've got a second identical HDD that I plan to install.

I've been told that moving pagefile.exe to a second hard drive would boost my system but I'm wondering: do my hard drives have to be in RAID to make this work? I don't plan to RAID--at most I'll partition the HDD's.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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a b G Storage
January 25, 2011 11:28:14 AM

You most likely mean pagefile.sys and no you do not need RAID to move it to a second drive.
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January 25, 2011 12:02:16 PM

Oops. Yes, thank you!
Should the pagefile be in the first partition of the second drive?
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a b G Storage
January 25, 2011 2:18:29 PM

Any partition on the second drive is fine.
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a b G Storage
January 25, 2011 3:05:44 PM

Do you have multi partitions on the 2nd drive? What is on the different partitions?

The first partition will be the outer tracks thus faster. However, if there is a lot of other activity on that HD then moving the pagefile there won't give you a huge benefit.
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January 25, 2011 3:09:16 PM

I'm totally new to partitioning and I haven't even partitioned my first HDD that Win 7 is on. I built the computer for gaming, and so I'm not going to use it for much else than that. Any suggestions on partitions?
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a b G Storage
January 25, 2011 3:15:54 PM

With 2 physical HDs I wouldn't even worry about partitioning. Once data is loaded, you probably won't notice any different about where the swap file is, especially if you have plenty of RAM.
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January 25, 2011 3:18:32 PM

Yeah, I have 4 GB of RAM.
So partitioning and swap file moving won't really make that big of a difference, even over time? I won't do it if it's not necessary...and I can just leave both hard drives as unallocated space...
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a c 300 G Storage
January 25, 2011 3:24:16 PM

kivarocket said:
Yeah, I have 4 GB of RAM.
So partitioning and swap file moving won't really make that big of a difference, even over time? I won't do it if it's not necessary...and I can just leave both hard drives as unallocated space...

I think that's a different issue. If the drives show as "unallocated space" in Disk Manager, then you can't use the space in Windows. You may or may not already know this, and have done it: A brand-new drive has to be partitioned, to allocate the space for use, and formatted, to turn the allocated space into a filesystem that will show up when you browse.

If you've already done that, ignore me. If you haven't and know how, do it. If you don't know how, we will help.
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January 31, 2011 11:26:28 PM

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