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    I just noticed that although I've got a customised pagefile in my C drive (Operating System partition), all my other partitions on both physical drives have no page file set at all. I didn't change them manually. But anyway my applications and games are on two seperate partitions, and I wondered if I'm suffering any performance loss as a result?

    I've now set them to a custom size (384 - 1024), and my Data, Music and Backups partitions I've set to Managed by System).

    Is this best?

    WinXP Pro SP1

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    Default Re: Page Files

    How much RAM do you have?

    I have played around with these setting a lot in the past, I have never noticed a change in performance.

    I believe to get the best out of your XP computer dont fill your HD's up over about full, have at least 512Mb RAM and let Windows manage the page file

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    Default Re: Page Files

    I've just researched the answer to my question, after rebooting and being drastically out of memory.

    This from www.theeldergeek.com:

    "It looks like 'the more paging files the better' corollary is applicable, and to a point that is true, with one major exception. Do not place more than one paging file on multiple partitions on a single physical hard disk. Performance will decrease because the drive heads perform sequential accesses to different locations on the drive rather than pulling the information from one contiguous location."

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    Default Re: Page Files

    as far as I'm aware the system only needs to use the one page file for all partitions......

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    Quote Originally Posted by drcspy
    as far as I'm aware the system only needs to use the one page file for all partitions......
    Yep as I just found out. Only benefit of more than one is when they're spread over more than one physical drive.
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