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    Seperate Partition for paging file

    Would it be a good idea to create a partition exclusively for my paging file? Would this help speed? I remember reading that having a paging file on a seperate partition helps in speed, but I am not sure if this is true. I know I could use a seperate HD and enjoy speed benefits but I don't have any decent hard drives (all of them are at least three years old besides my current 45 GB drive).

    Would this have other benefits?

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    256 MB RDRAM (which isn't enough..I'll get more soon and do away with paging altogether)

    Thanks

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    You will see a benefit in using a separate disk for your paging file even on a 3 year old disk. I would go with that option. If you are running Photoshop with big images (70-100mb or bigger) it is also beneficial to move Photoshop’s temp path off the disk used for windows paging.

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    Up until recently I used a seperate drive for my swapfile (I've now eradicated it completely). It really did help (it was a fairly old 2gb drive).
    But I don't think it would help just on a seperate partition.

    If you decide to put in an extra Hard Drive, make sure it is NOT on the same IDE channel (ie IDE cable) as the hard drive.

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    i have an old hardrive that is like 7 years old, its 125 megaytes. would it help to use that for my swap file or do is it too small?
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    It's probably a little too small I'm afraid .

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    Thanks for the input, guys.

    I think I'll go ahead and make a partition for this anyway. I'll be buying 256 MB of RDRAM soon...that'll be more than enough to keep me worried about swap space.

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    yeah i kinda figured it was too small.. couldn't hurt to ask though... well anyway.. anyone want a 125mb hard drive??? i'm sure you can store something on it??
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    Actually it might be enough for you, if you have enough RAM. I have 256 MB of RAM, and I was thinking of making a 128 MB partition which would put me near 400 MB of usable memory. I think I'll go higher though...I have the room for it.

    Anyway, I'd be glad to take the 125 MB drive


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