Swap file trauma
How can I put my swap file onto a RAM drive.
My RAM drive does not appear under the list of possible drives on the virtual memory tab.
I cant move the file as it is in use.
Is there any software that will do this or a reg. key that can be changed?
Any help would be appreciated
Spooky, if you have enough RAM to make a RAM drive, I doubt your box is ever using the Swap file in the first place. Run Sysmon.exe and choose "Swapfile in use" as one of the items to monitor. Minimize it & go about your business. Bring it up every now & then to see if it's being used -- bet it isn't.
BTW -- your swapfile settings can be specified in System.ini by these entries -- these are my particular settings:
Thanks for the advice.
I'll give it a go anyway, worth a try.
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I have my swap file going to a 32meg ram drive. Be careful. Its not for the weak at heart. Doing this can cause Trauma.
Thanks, very interesting.
From what I understand the swapfile is only used when an operation requires the system to access additional memory which is ABOVE the actual amount of installed RAM. What the system does is to create a variable-sized file on the hard-drive and access that data as needed. Therefore, using installed RAM as the swapfile doesn't seem to make sense because the system would only access Virtual Memory if ran out of system RAM. Anyone else have input on this?
My thoughts, exactly. Why go to all that trouble? All putting a swap file on a ramdrive will do is lower resources and performance. From a purely experimental standpoint it would be interesting to try, but I dont see any practical reason to do it. Add extra ram and take control of your own swap file.
In response to the last two post: In therory you are correct. And your assumptions are very logical. But remember, we're dealing with Windoze here, not logic.
Windoze will often utilize the swapfile even when there is tons of ram availible. Items that it thinks shouldn't take up ram space will go to the swap. Plus there are programs that use the swapfile (or at least check for it) even though they don't need it. Try running with no swapfile and startng a game like Quake 2. It won't even run, even if you have 2GB of ram.
Spooky, are you using this setting in your SYSTEM.INI file?:
I find it cut down on swapfile usage tremendously.
No Iam not, I will give it a try.
Thanks for the advice.
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