1.    07 Feb 2017 #1
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    What is the swap partition?

    When installing Windows 10, 8 or 7 they say that they will create a swap partition. What does this partition exactly? I would think that it is like the page file, a space that Windows uses when he runs out of RAM, but Windows also creates automatically the page file so then... Both do the same? What is the difference?
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  2.    07 Feb 2017 #2
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    Not something I'm familiar with- nor is it an option I've seen in a normal installation of Windows. Sure you can find references to creating a dedicated swap partition for a page file but that's something you'd have to do manually - if there was any real justification for doing so. Certainly installing Win 7-10 doesn't create such a partition.

    Can you quote a reference- where have you read this?
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  3.    07 Feb 2017 #3
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    Never known windows create that and have installed 1,000s it creates a system parition which it boot from a swap parition is normal for linux
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  4.    07 Feb 2017 #4
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    A standard Windows install creates C:\pagefile.sys (which is the page file and is used like a swap file in other OS) and since Windows 8 a much smaller C:\swapfile.sys which is used by universal apps. Neither are separate partitions - they are just files in the root of the C partition.

    Hiberfil.sys, Pagefile.sys & the New Swapfile.sys file - Windows
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  5.    08 Feb 2017 #5
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    Sorry, I confused the system partition and I thought it was a swap partition...

    Thanks for your answers
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