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    Deleting remains of pagefile

    I had slow startup of my winxp-sata-system.
    1. I am now using a 2 month old copy of system-partition.
    2. after defrag-done with pagefile removed-its says some parts couldnt be defragged. remains of pagefile prevented this. Win-Defrag used.
    How can i get rid of these remains? Thanks a lot.
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    It's really not worth moving the pagefile to another drive. I've tried it and it was a HUGE headache.

    I always keep a small pagefile on the system drive and supplement it with a larger pagefile on a faster drive.

    De-fragmenting a drive to 100% will not give you a noticeably faster PC - 90% is fine.
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    Nice you remember the "specialist" in pagefile-management. I have learned quickly after receiving all your tips. No, I am already using systempartitions with everything inside(pagefile, programs).
    Has nothing to do directly with the original question but:
    Would it help to format my systempartition before copying back the old backup?
    the "old" system is already running, much smoothier.
    It seems that my 320 SATA-drive will run slowlier than the ide-equivalent after a certain time.
    Maybe this is common. Here they are:

    WD3200ABYS(SATA-WD RE 3) versus WD3200AAJS (IDE-WD SE)

    Maybe i do not yet know all the brakes. One of the newer ones i have learned to use deeper is process explorer. Didnt help much.

    aah, i recognized that i had activated ClearPageFileAtShutdown.
    Maybe that was one of the brakes which had built up the slow system.
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    If you format the partition before copying your backup, it will definitely be defragmented.
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    OK, I didnt format. Maybe a different defragger could help.
    Before defragging i had page-files deactivated.
    Maybe the other activations (clear pagefile at shutdown etc) interfered.
    After all- I still love winxp. I dont have a better alternative. One day i will try-out win7. could run fine on my slow 1.8ghz AMD. 2gb ram ddr. I could update to a 2.0ghz. or another a bit quicker pc. maybe not worth the ram/hdd-investments.
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    Defragging is not going to give you an appreciable difference in speed. Your CPU is the real bottleneck.

    I know that you work with large image files. You could increase your RAM to 4GB, but you must ultimately get a faster CPU.

    If you spent as much time working on your images as you do trying to squeeze another 10% performance out of your hard drives, you would be able to afford a new PC. Seriously - you are wasting your time trying to defrag your hard drives for a little improvement.
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