Windows 10: Page and Swap File?

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  1.    21 Apr 2016 #1

    Page and Swap File?


    I've set the Page File for my C: drive to No Page File and my D: to System Managed.
    Doing this places the Page File on my D: drive,
    which is the faster of the 2 drives.
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    The question is,
    should I still have a Swap File on my C: drive and also one on my D: drive?

    Here's a screenshot of the C: drive.
    Notice the Swap File and no Page File.
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    Here's a screenshot of the D: drive.
    Make note of the Page File and also the Swap File.
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    I was under the impression,
    that if I disable the Page Files on a specific drive,
    that both Page and Swap Files shouldn't be present on this drive?
    Is it normal to have 2 Swap Files of the same size on different drives?



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  2.    22 Apr 2016 #2

    Hi, this may be of interest- apologies if all is familiar.
    I've moved my pagefile.sys off my (C: ) - swapfile.sys is only present on C:
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  3.    22 Apr 2016 #3

    dalchina said: View Post
    Hi, this may be of interest- apologies if all is familiar.
    I've moved my pagefile.sys off my (C: ) - swapfile.sys is only present on C:
    No this is not familiar.
    I don't understand why I have two swap files.
    Should I only have one swapfile.sys?
    If so, how can I change this?
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  4.    22 Apr 2016 #4

    Sorry- missed the URL I meant to post:
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/hiberf...le-sys-windows
    I can only say what I observe on my PC, I'm afraid..
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  5.    22 Apr 2016 #5

    dalchina said: View Post
    Sorry- missed the URL I meant to post:
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/hiberf...le-sys-windows
    I can only say what I observe on my PC, I'm afraid..
    Okay, thanks for the link.
    I understand what and why there are these kinds of files.
    The question is...
    If I set my C drive to No Page File and then set the page file to be on my D drive as System Managed.
    Why is it that I have 2 swap files, and are both swap files being used, or not?

    Also if you placed your page file on another drive, other then the C drive.
    Why is it that you only have one swap file, yet I've done the same thing and I have 2 swap files?
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  6.    22 Apr 2016 #6

    Hi, this -er- curiously read video
    How to Delete the Swapfile.sys File - windows 10 - YouTube
    and this - see the section
    Moving Swapfile.sys to another location/drive
    http://www.download3k.com/articles/H....1-or-10-00430

    in particular indicate the process of moving the files.

    They don't necessarily move together.

    I would assume from this that to successfully move BOTH files you have to be careful in the sequence.
    It should follow that
    - one of yours is redundant
    - I could consider moving my swapfile.sys if I wished.
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  7.    22 Apr 2016 #7

    dalchina said: View Post
    - I could consider moving my swapfile.sys if I wished.
    Thanks again for the links.
    Didn't you say that you only have one swap file, so why would you want to move it?

    I on the other hand have 2 such file.
    Would it be safe, if I could, to just remove one of them?
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  8.    22 Apr 2016 #8

    I would assume you should be able to delete one- should be under 256Mb. Simply check the date modified.. one of yours will hopefully be old.

    Otherwise I'm simply commenting on the differences.. and saying 'I could'..
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  9.    22 Apr 2016 #9

    dalchina said: View Post
    I would assume you should be able to delete one- should be under 256Mb. Simply check the date modified.. one of yours will hopefully be old.

    Otherwise I'm simply commenting on the differences.. and saying 'I could'..
    I'm confused, so I just set the page file to be system managed for all drives.
    Now I have 2 page file and 2 swap files, one swap and page file for each drive.
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       22 Apr 2016 #10

    Geosammy said: View Post
    I'm confused, so I just set the page file to be system managed for all drives.
    Now I have 2 page file and 2 swap files, one swap and page file for each drive.
    I've always seen paging file [virtual memory] on Windows NT-based versions and swap file on Windows ME and earlier.

    I set the paging file on the C: drive at 2048MB and on a second hard drive at the recommended 1.5 times the physical RAM. With 8GB RAM that would be 2048MB on C: and 12288 on D:. I've seen marked improvement in system performance on the computers. Some program installations look for the paging file on the same drive as the OS.
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