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mzee
20-10-2010, 08:51 AM
I have a shortage of space on my Asus 701 with a 4 gb ssd.
I have a 8 gb SD Card which I wish to move the swap file to, this would also save the SSD from wear & tear.

How can I persuade Windows (xp or W7) to use a "removable drive". It accepts the setting but reverts as soon as it is rebooted.

I have considered compressing the drive, but a bit hesitant in doing this to a SSD.

Any suggestions?

Speedy Gonzales
20-10-2010, 09:01 AM
One reason why its not a good idea

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Can_you_use_an_SD_card_as_a_virtual_memory_page_fi le_on_windows

Chilling_Silence
20-10-2010, 09:17 AM
I wouldn't bother, it's not worth it. Turn it off or use a smaller one if you need the HDD space.

Read this, from Sandisk:
http://www.sandisk.com/Assets/File/OEM/WhitePapersAndBrochures/RS-MMC/WPaperWearLevelv1.0.pdf

jareemon
20-10-2010, 10:07 AM
I read somewhere that it shouldnt really be turned off because some apps actually look specifically for the swap file?

Chilling_Silence
20-10-2010, 10:51 AM
Yeah AFAIK Photoshop does for example. Running Photoshop on a Netbook may not be the brightest move, but each to their own.

Make it something like 5MB, then there's a registry setting that you can set somewhere to tell it not to ***** and moan every 5 minutes in the Systray about it wanting to grow the file.

Performance impact: TBA!

pcuser42
20-10-2010, 05:26 PM
I maxed out the RAM in my Eee (to 2GB) before turning off the swap file altogether, this way Windows still has plenty of RAM to use before it chokes.

Seeing the free space increase from ~500MB to 2.5GB is brilliant :D

mzee
20-10-2010, 08:02 PM
The XP works fine with no swap file & 1gb RAM.
I will try the W7 (pruned) with 2gb RAM when I have some spare cash to waste.

I have been trying Puppeee Linux 4.2. Very fast but the sound driver is not
too good. The Microphone is weak, also Skype is very old version.