How to move the Pagefile to another drive in Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2, Windows SBS 2010

How to move the Pagefile to another drive in Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2, Windows SBS 2010

Page file is important part of virtual memory implementation in Operating systems. The Operating Systems use disk storage for data that does not fit into physical random-access memory (RAM). The page file can be moved into another drive.

If you have a RAID-0, use it to store the Pagefile. Paging files do not require fault tolerance and hence should be avoided from placing on mirrored volume.

Steps to move the Pagefile to another drive –

Click on Settings under the heading Performance

Click on Advanced on the Performance Options window

Click on Change

Uncheck the box which says “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”

On this window, you can re-allocate the pagefile of the system drive to any of the secondary drives.

Windows recommends a minimum of 800megabytes(MB) be allotted on the system drive so that it can record details of system errors in case it occurs.

The initial size to be at least 1.5 times the physical RAM.

Allocate a minimum of 800MB on the system drive and have windows manage the pagefile on the secondary drives.

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