back to article Controlling XP's pagefile.sys on Eee PC

I just upgraded my Eee PC's memory to 2GB but half the machine's 4GB SSD is now eaten up by Windows XP SP2's pagefile.sys system file. It's 2GB in size, even though I've set XP to put the file on my 4GB SDHC card. The SDHC is FAT 32 format. It's set to have a pagefile of 512-2048MB, with the C: drive's pagefile set to 2-50MB …


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  1. Graeme McKeague

    Would that be the hibernate function

    Maybe that is for hibernate - just a suggestion

  2. Tony Smith, Editor, Reg Hardware (Written by Reg staff)


    No, it's not the hibernation file - I have hibernation disabled.

  3. Tony Smith, Editor, Reg Hardware (Written by Reg staff)


    Done it. Turn off paging, reboot and you can delete pagefile.sys.

    A corporate IT guy of my acquaintance - cheers, James - suggested re-enabling paging, choosing a custom pagefile size with identical minimum and maximum sizes. This is handy for me, because I need paging enabled in order to run Photoshop, which requires it.

    Setting both to 512MB, I now have a 512MB pagefile.sys, which is a long way from gobbling up my C: drive.

    But the question remains: how to I get Windows to have pagefile.sys on my E: SDHC card and not on the C: drive?


  4. Anonymous Coward
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    Surely just highlight C:, choose no paging file, delete C:\pagefale.sys after a reboot.

    Then highlight E:, set your 512MBmin 512MBmax page file, and you;re done.

  5. Jon Etkins

    Is E: removable?

    I believe XP will not allow you to place your swap file on a device which the OS recognises as being removable. After all, how could it possibly cope if the volume holding its active swap file was summarily removed?

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    1MB Page file?

    I know Photoshop needs one, but does it ever use it?

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