Windows 10: 2 instances of the pagefile on separate disks Solved

  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    2 instances of the pagefile on separate disks

    HI there! Win 10 Home Version 1709 OS Build 16299.125
    My desktop PC has 3 internal disks: (C) 250GB SSD, (D) 894GB SSD and (E) 3TB HDD.

    There is a pagefile on disk D and another one on disk E, which is just a storage disk.

    Both files have the exact same size of 33,554,433.0 KB
    although pagefile on disk E was last modified in February 2017 (that is more than a year ago)
    and the other one is current.

    Question: Is this normal for Win 10 to have a "shadow" pagefile? Is it safe to get rid of the one
    on my storage disk E?
    I am fairly good on free disk space but wouldn't mind an extra 32GB.

    Thank you in advance.
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  2.    1 Week Ago #2

    No, it's not normal or even needed. There was a fad for a while to change place for page file/ virtual memory to another disk to speed it up on slow HDDs and with too little RAM.
    You can safely adjust them like this:
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    With so much RAM you can even "kill" it completely or reduce greatly if any programs insist on having at least some. With 16GB of ram I keep only couple of GB for it.
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  3.    1 Week Ago #3

    Thank you for your reply, CountMike.
    I relocated some of the folders from the system disk C (Profile Directory, AppData, etc.) to disk D right after I had installed the latter. Also had the pagefile allocated on it by choice. Here's how it looked like

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    The mystery though is how the second pagefile has come around because I definitely didn't create it.
    Moreover, it's not even listed on disk E as shown in the image above. Anyway, I have it deleted, and set pagefile size to the recommended 4978 MB. No problems this far.

    One more thing. After updating to the newer version of Win 10 (1709) the MSI RAMdisk has been installed as shown in the image below (I have 32GB (4x8GB Avexir Raiden DDR4) of installed RAM, and it is plenty for what I do on my PC. RAM usage rarely goes above 20%, average rate is 7-12%)

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    Question: With enough DDR RAM do I need this RAMDisk?

    Thanks again.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    1 Week Ago #4

    With RAMdisk it's more of a question if you need it with a fast (or any) SSD. It's emulation of storage and with a lot of RAM, slow HDD combo, it can be useful as temporary storage or scratch disk for some programs.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


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