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  1. Joined : May 2015
    Smyrna, TN
    Posts : 120
    Win 10 Pro 64
       03 Mar 2016 #11

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Question:

    If the computer has enough RAM to not need a page file, then won't Windows use RAM first instead of the page file? So what does it hurt to keep it enabled if Windows is just going to use RAM first?
    Windows will use RAM as primary but still write to the Page File........use as much RAM as you can afford and your system will handle........and the writes to the page file will be much more limited and not needed...
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  2. Joined : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 12,890
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393 Multiprocessor Free
       03 Mar 2016 #12

    [QUOTEIn addition to applications crashing anytime you run up against the memory limit, you'll also come across a lot of applications that simply won't run properly if the pagefile is disabled. For instance, you really won't want to run a virtual machine on a box with no pagefile, and some defrag utilities will also fail. You'll also notice some other strange, indefinable behavior when your pagefile is disabled—in my experience, a lot of things just don't always work right.][/QUOTE]
    2009(older but still true): Understanding the Windows Pagefile and Why You Shouldnt Disable It


    Another informative read at Tweak Hound: The Windows 7 Pagefile And Running Without One TweakHound
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 1,962
    Windows 7
       03 Mar 2016 #13

    Forget that. With your kind of RAM there will never be any paging anyhow.
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  4.    03 Mar 2016 #14

    kipper said: View Post
    Quoting what I think is a good if not reasonable way of thinking in regards to the use of Page File......

    The page file is what's used to extend the RAM. If something needs 9GB of RAM but you have 8GB, it will use all the RAM you have plus 1GB or so of page file, which is on the hard drive. In your case that's an SSD which is several times faster than a hard drive but of course is pathetically slow compared to RAM.


    Disabling the page file would make that program simply crash. It would try to allocate more than it can and that would generate "out of memory" errors. With a paging file it would run, but it would be slow - the solution, properly, is to have more RAM. The other way to run out of memory is if you try to run, say, 9 programs that each want 1GB. That has a simple solution - close some programs.
    I'd leave the page file on the SSD if that's all you have for storage. The correct solution is to have more RAM if that's something you bump into. So you shouldn't be using the page file in real-world applications. Things will slow down massively if you are using it, even on an SSD.


    If you have a HDD as well, I'd move the page file over to that but realistically if you're using it at all, buy more RAM. Either way, that file should not be touched so it doesn't really matter where it is.

    Discussions on the Page File is kind of like discussion on "What is the best Antivirus Software"..............opinions, opinions, and in the end it comes down to personal choice based on your own thoughts and needs........
    Thx for explaining well. One more question: If for example I decide to leave paging file on my SSD, but I never reach more than 16GB RAM limit, will system still write more on my SSD because of paging file enabled?
    From what you said, I'll leave it disabled, cause I almost never reach limit of my RAM.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    California
    Posts : 186
    Kernel 4.x.x
       03 Mar 2016 #15

    Ditendra said: View Post
    Thx for explaining well. One more question: If for example I decide to leave paging file on my SSD, but I never reach more than 16GB RAM limit, will system still write more on my SSD because of paging file enabled?
    From what you said, I'll leave it disabled, cause I almost never reach limit of my RAM.
    Do not disable it, and leave it on the SSD. Your SSD will not be damaged by having the paging file on it. It will only make things faster.

    Some things will be written to the paging file regardless of memory utilization. Even if you theoretically had 1TB of RAM.

    Don't worry about writing to your SSD, it will take years of heavy use before it wears out, and it will likely fail for other reasons first.
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  6.    03 Mar 2016 #16

    Hydranix said: View Post
    Do not disable it, and leave it on the SSD. Your SSD will not be damaged by having the paging file on it. It will only make things faster.

    Some things will be written to the paging file regardless of memory utilization. Even if you theoretically had 1TB of RAM.

    Don't worry about writing to your SSD, it will take years of heavy use before it wears out, and it will likely fail for other reasons first.
    All right. But this is still confused, as I see some say disable, some say enable it.
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  7. Joined : Aug 2015
    Penn's Woods
    Posts : 1,176
    Windows 10 Home
       03 Mar 2016 #17

    Ditendra said: View Post
    All right. But this is still confused, as I see some say disable, some say enable it.
    Those ones saying disable are probably from long ago when SSDs first came out and weren't quite as durable as today (and folks didn't quite have their head wrapped around the practical outcomes yet) - or they are probably just repeating outdated information they recently read.
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  8. Joined : Aug 2015
    Maine
    Posts : 20,898
    Windows10Pro 64Bit on 2 DeskTop Computers
       03 Mar 2016 #18

    Word Man said: View Post
    Those ones saying disable are probably from long ago when SSDs first came out and weren't quite as durable as today (and folks didn't quite have their head wrapped around the practical outcomes yet) - or they are probably just repeating outdated information they recently read.
    Very Well put, and I agree 100% with Word Man !!!
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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    California
    Posts : 186
    Kernel 4.x.x
       03 Mar 2016 #19

    Word Man said: View Post
    Those ones saying disable are probably from long ago when SSDs first came out and weren't quite as durable as today (and folks didn't quite have their head wrapped around the practical outcomes yet) - or they are probably just repeating outdated information they recently read.
    Word Wurd, man
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