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Beginners Guides: Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death

Beginners Guides: Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death - PCSTATS
Abstract: While your PC may be doing nothing, all of a sudden you notice the hard drives are trashing around like the entire drive is being copied. Never fear, PCSTATS is here to help you stop Windows Vista from excessive hard drive usage, and show you how to free up some disk space too!
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External Mfg. Website: Microsoft Mar 11 2008   Mike Dowler  
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Optimizing the page file to reduce disk activity

The Windows Vista page file (a file on your C: drive which Vista uses as extra system memory), is dynamic by default. This means that the operating system alters its size on the fly as extra virtual memory is needed. This adds some additional drive use overhead to its function, which can be negated by setting a fixed size for the paging file. The drawback of this is that your paging file will always consume a set amount of your hard disk, which will no longer be available for other uses. It's not a large amount though, and the performance advantages and reduction in drive activity can be noticeable.

To set a fixed size for your page file, Click on the 'start' menu and right click on 'computer'. Choose 'properties'. In the left-hand pane, choose 'advanced system settings'. Click the 'advanced' tab, then under the 'performance' heading choose 'settings...'

Choose the 'advanced' tab again, then under the 'virtual memory' heading click 'change...'

Uncheck 'automatically manage paging file size for all drives' at the top.

Highlight the drive that contains your paging file. Select the 'custom' size option below.

Now enter in an appropriate amount of space in the minimum and maximum boxes. A good guideline would be 1.5 x the amount of physical memory in your system, so set a 3GB page file for a system with 2GB of memory. You can drop this to 1X for systems with memory over 2GB though.

Click 'set' and 'ok' to finish.

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Contents of Article: Microsoft Vista
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death
 Pg 2.  Windows Vista file Indexing Con't
 Pg 3.  Windows Vista Hard Drive Defragmentation Process
 Pg 4.  Superfetch, the grand-daddy of (disk)thrash
 Pg 5.  — Optimizing the page file to reduce disk activity
 Pg 6.  Reclaiming lost drive space in Windows Vista
 Pg 7.  Disable or edit system restore to save hard disk space
 Pg 8.  Alter the amount of space Restore takes up
 Pg 9.  Advanced Disk Cleanup Utility

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