Windows 10: Page file on faster SSD Solved

  1.    09 Jun 2018 #1

    Page file on faster SSD


    I have 8GB ram with a 120GB Sata 3 SSD and several hard disk drives. Windows 10 is installed on the SSD. The page file is managed by Windows.

    I've added a faster 256GB PCIe 3.0 SSD. I'm mainly using this new drive for data, but should I tell Windows to put the page file on the faster SSD?
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       09 Jun 2018 #2

    Well you could move it, but I don't believe you would be able to tell if there was any difference since you have a reasonable amount of memory, I don't believe you are memory constrained with your configuration.
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  3.    09 Jun 2018 #3

    arnoldh said: View Post
    I have 8GB ram with a 120GB Sata 3 SSD and several hard disk drives. Windows 10 is installed on the SSD. The page file is managed by Windows.

    I've added a faster 256GB PCIe 3.0 SSD. I'm mainly using this new drive for data, but should I tell Windows to put the page file on the faster SSD?
    If it was me, I would use the new drive for OS and programs and use older one for pagefiling to minimise write cycles on new drive.
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  4.    09 Jun 2018 #4

    I agree with Cereberus.
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  5.    10 Jun 2018 #5

    Larger SSDs are also faster even when same make/type so I support idea of switching OS and programs to new SSD. It's very easy and fast to do it with Macrium Reflect for instance, specially if you are already using it (and you should). Samsung and some other ones also have own clone utilities. Start clone process, switch drive places or default drive in BIOS and it should be done in 15 minutes.
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  6.    10 Jun 2018 #6

    The biggest change you'd likely notice in having your OS on a faster SSD would be in boot time, unless there is some program that makes particularly frequent access to the disk. Consider how much benefit you might experience vs the time spent making changes.

    From a different perspective, consider how full your C: disk/partition is, and whether there's any value in using the larger SSD on that basis. Noting you have plenty of disks, hopefully your personal data is almost entirely on those, not on C: for security/maintenance reasons. (Think- impact of disk image restoration or clean installing on C: and content).
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  7.    10 Jun 2018 #7

    dalchina said: View Post
    The biggest change you'd likely notice in having your OS on a faster SSD would be in boot time, unless there is some program that makes particularly frequent access to the disk. Consider how much benefit you might experience vs the time spent making changes.

    From a different perspective, consider how full your C: disk/partition is, and whether there's any value in using the larger SSD on that basis. Noting you have plenty of disks, hopefully your personal data is almost entirely on those, not on C: for security/maintenance reasons. (Think- impact of disk image restoration or clean installing on C: and content).
    Another plus for larger drive for OS and programs is that windows require 10% or 10 - 20GB of free space to function best.
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  8.    10 Jun 2018 #8

    Thanks for all the replies.

    Yes, I'd considered moving Windows to the faster disk. I may yet do so, and I do use Macrium Reflect, so it's easy to do. I do want to keep my SQL Server databases on the new disk so I'd have both data and system on different volumes on the same disk, but that probably makes no difference with an SSD?

    One other slight concern is whether moving the system to a new disk would trigger questions from Microsoft on whether the new system is activated - the PC is a free upgrade from a retail license on Windows 8.
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  9.    10 Jun 2018 #9

    One other slight concern is whether moving the system to a new disk would trigger questions from Microsoft on whether the new system is activated - the PC is a free upgrade from a retail license on Windows 8.
    Not an issue.
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  10.    10 Jun 2018 #10

    I've moved Windows to the new drive and it's now running faster. Thanks for all the advice.
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