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johnstrasser
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SSD: Standalone for Pagefile

Post by johnstrasser »

Hi Folks,

So I'm thinking about doing some experimenting and figured I'd check in here before I do.

Has anyone used a small/cheap SSD just for the pagefile and temporary files? You know, take a 120GB and just use it as a "trash" drive.

I'm currently using Win7x64, though I would imagine this would work for basically every version. And obviously you could just use everything on the main SSD. Back in the day I know I saw a performance boost when I put the pagefile and temp dirs on a separate drive. In fact my old XP laptop from 2001 (yep -still runs <grin> :geek: ) with a MASSIVE 512mb of ram is set up that way.

Thanks
DrTeeth
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Re: SSD: Standalone for Pagefile

Post by DrTeeth »

On Wed, 1 Aug 2018 23:08:26 EDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
johnstrasser disturbed my reverie and wrote:

>Hi Folks,
>
>So I'm thinking about doing some experimenting and figured I'd check in here before I do.
>
>Has anyone used a small/cheap SSD just for the pagefile and temporary files? You know, take a 120GB and just use it as a "trash" drive.
>
>I'm currently using Win7x64, though I would imagine this would work for basically every version. And obviously you could just use everything on the main SSD. Back in the day I know I saw a performance boost when I put the pagefile and temp dirs on a separate drive. In fact my old XP laptop from 2001 (yep -still runs
>
>![:geek:]({SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_geek.gif)
>
>) with a MASSIVE 512mb of ram is set up that way.
>
>Thanks

I have has SSDs and have yet to be convinced that they are a
must-have. I'd rather spend the money on memory and keep my apps
there. Anyway, I think using a flash drive like that would be a
criminal waste of performance. Just put the whole OS on there and get
the full performance benefit.
--
Cheers,

DrT

"If you want to find out what is wrong
with democracy, spend five minutes with
the average voter". - Winston Churchill
Logman
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Re: SSD: Standalone for Pagefile

Post by Logman »

DrTeeth wrote:
> On Wed, 1 Aug 2018 23:08:26 EDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
> johnstrasser disturbed my reverie and wrote:
>
> >Hi Folks,
> >
> >So I'm thinking about doing some experimenting and figured I'd check in
> here before I do.
> >
> >Has anyone used a small/cheap SSD just for the pagefile and temporary
> files? You know, take a 120GB and just use it as a "trash" drive.
> >
> >I'm currently using Win7x64, though I would imagine this would work for
> basically every version. And obviously you could just use everything on the
> main SSD. Back in the day I know I saw a performance boost when I put the
> pagefile and temp dirs on a separate drive. In fact my old XP laptop from
> 2001 (yep -still runs
> >
> >![:geek:]({SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_geek.gif)
> >
> >) with a MASSIVE 512mb of ram is set up that way.
> >
> >Thanks
>
> I have has SSDs and have yet to be convinced that they are a
> must-have. I'd rather spend the money on memory and keep my apps
> there. Anyway, I think using a flash drive like that would be a
> criminal waste of performance. Just put the whole OS on there and get
> the full performance benefit.
> --
> Cheers,
>
> DrT
>
> "If you want to find out what is wrong
> with democracy, spend five minutes with
> the average voter". - Winston Churchill

I would put the OS on the SSD, and pagefile on the other HD.

With my SSD and Win 10, it takes 5 secs to be in Windows, compared to a couple mins on a regular HD.
As Dr T said, a waste of performance doing it the way you asked.
johnstrasser
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Re: SSD: Standalone for Pagefile

Post by johnstrasser »

Thanks for the replies.

I guess I wasn't completely clear. The current plan is to have everything on an SSD (OS, apps, etc). Data & docs sit on a mechanical. What I was looking at was getting *another* small ssd to use as the trash drive.
DrTeeth
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Re: SSD: Standalone for Pagefile

Post by DrTeeth »

On Fri, 3 Aug 2018 21:32:54 EDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
johnstrasser disturbed my reverie and wrote:

>What I was looking at was getting *another* small ssd to use as the trash drive.

Pointless IMHO. I'd save my £ for something useful.
--
Cheers,

DrT

"If you want to find out what is wrong
with democracy, spend five minutes with
the average voter". - Winston Churchill
johnstrasser
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Re: SSD: Standalone for Pagefile

Post by johnstrasser »

Thank you. While it's kind of what I figured (tech has moved on from those days) I figured I'd check anyway.

Your wisdom is appreciated
Brian K
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Location: NSW, Australia

Re: SSD: Standalone for Pagefile

Post by Brian K »

I agree. Leave your pagefile in the OS partition.
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