I'm tired of this pagefile thingy, it takes up a lot of space and puts a weight to the life span of my HDD.
I'm always using readyboost technology to supplement my 2Gb DDR2 RAM.
it allowed me to use 4GB at least (as a rule you can use twice your available RAM)
so is there anyway that Windows will stop using pagefile as virtual RAM and rely solely on Readyboost? would there be any degradation in performance?
any step-by-step you can offer? thanks!
asked Aug 18 '11 at 01:29
Seeing as how ReadyBoost is just using another pagefile, it would probably be the same or worse depending on how fast your flash drive is. Just don't expect the flash drive to last very long.
answered Aug 18 '11 at 03:13
Readyboost is not a pagefile. It merely expands the hard disk cache allowing for faster search/retrieval times.
If you disable the pagefile with only 2 GB RAM in Windows 7 you will take a severe performance hit. But if you really want to try it, you can find the settings in the System Properties -> Advanced tab -> Performance "Settings" button. You can disable the pagefile from there (pagefile=virtual memory).
answered Aug 18 '11 at 04:25
windows will swap no matter how much ram you toss at it. Part of the API even has an option for the developer to use swap, virtual or real memory. Reason is so the apps will work on a variety of configurations. Would be bad to force a app to use only RAM because no other app including the operating system could use that area of memory.
ready boost is just a method of using a USB stick as the swap space or virtual ram. Wow wears out the hard drive BS. I have hard drives from the windows 2.x days that would still work, just too small for practical use.
answered Aug 18 '11 at 04:48
Hard disks were designed to last a long time with serious usage. USB thumb drives are designed to be throwaway floppy replacements. I suppose it would be possible to assign the pagefile to a thumb drive, but I don't think it would be a good idea. USB isn't anywhere near as fast or efficient as SATA or IDE.
The concept of extending the hard disk life in this instance is a fallacy. Newer hard disks tend to last a very long time, you may be replacing the computer before the hard disk dies.
answered Aug 18 '11 at 14:20