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Is it good to move swapfile to the end of the disk

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October 16, 2002 9:17:44 AM

Is it a good idea to move my swapfile to the end of my hard drive after all other files and free space?

I thougt it would me good for it to be positioned there so it has some space to use. Norton Speed Disk says that Files that are not modified and infrequently accessed may cause less fragmentation if placed in the end of the hard drive.

As it is now my swapfile lays scattered all over my hard drive, I believe it can cause more fragmentation in other files my being placed like this. Is that possible?


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October 16, 2002 2:27:56 PM

No, better to have it at the front. Windows fools around with it too much to put at the back of a drive. In fact Toey gave me the best sollution for one HDD and that's to put at the front of another partition. Now if you only have one partition then you have a couple options.
1) Repartition using a program like partition magic <A HREF="http://magicwww.itzalist.com/com/partition-magic-downlo..." target="_new">http://magicwww.itzalist.com/com/partition-magic-downlo...;/A>
2) Put it at the front of your existing partition
3) Format HDD and repartition (you will loose ALL data)

The overall size of the swap file shouldn't change, windows manipulates the size of it within the largest size you set to suit it's needs at the time. So windows won't start putting it somewhere else.
Rule of thumb Swap File min. size=1.5*RAM installed, max.=3*RAM installed (example I have 512MB RAM, swap file min=768MB, max=1536MB my actual swap file size has yet to go above min. so all of it is always at the front of my second partition.
My setup for one 40GB HDD is C:Windows=7GB, D:swap file/games/media=25GB, E:storage (ie.backup of all things I already have backed up on CD)=5GB. This way you only ever need to defrag C:!! If you have any other questions please post.
Whoa I just saw you have a 120GB HDD, it can't be all one partition is it??

:eek:  <b>Who needs heatsinks and fans, I have an igloo</b> :eek:  <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by psykoikonov on 10/16/02 10:30 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
October 16, 2002 3:53:36 PM

Note to psykoikonov: that's an IBM 120GXP (model), not an IBM 120GB. :wink:

But yeah, there's a lot of controversy in this area. But personally, I feel that a contigous paging file on a separate hard drive is way better, even if it is on one hard drive. And for the reason stated, it certainly does make it easier to defragment your OS partition.

If you don't have a large hard drive, and you really need to have the paging file on the same partition, then grab a copy of VoptXP (fully functional shareware for 30 days). Use it to set your paging file to the minimum and maximum size, then optimize it with VoptXP. It's pretty cool.

Partition Magic link didn't work. Here's the official one: <A HREF="http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/" target="_new">http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/&lt;/A>

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October 16, 2002 4:48:15 PM

Thanx for the clarification on the HDD, and for the fix on the link Brian. Why didn't mine work it worked ok for me out of the google search but I just checked the link I gave and sure enough it didn't work??

:eek:  <b>Who needs heatsinks and fans, I have an igloo</b> :eek: 
October 16, 2002 6:55:25 PM

No problem, buddy. I forgive you. (J/K) :wink:

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October 16, 2002 9:02:05 PM

Thanx Bri lol. But why didn't copy and paste from google work?? How do you do it, hit the site and then copy/paste??

:eek:  <b>Who needs heatsinks and fans, I have an igloo</b> :eek: 
October 16, 2002 10:37:19 PM

I just went to the official site. But for links, I right-click and choose "Copy Shortcut". :smile:
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