Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I saw a question on moving hyberfile.sys to a different drive from the boot partition, which I was considering as I have an SSD as the second drive in one of my laptops. All the answers say you can't - ok - but I can move the page file to the SSD drive. So now I'm considering that.

My questions are these:

1) Has anyone moved their page file to a second SSD laptop drive and experienced a perf boost when paging occurs (even with 3GB of accessibl memory, I can still quite easily cause paging by using VPCs, SQL Server, IE, Word, PowerPoint etc) 2) Has anyone hit any problems doing this?

I already know how to do it, so I don't need information on that.

I'm expecting the answers to be that it works just fine and there aren't problems - but before doing it I'd like (even anecdotal) confirmation from someone who's done it.

Thanks!

PS Not that it should make any difference, but it's XP SP3 on a Lenovo T60p with a 7200rpm main drive and a 128GB SSD second drive, dual core with 4GB ram (3GB accessible).

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers

There are the normal issues of having a paging file on an SSD, mainly the limited number of writes (erases, whatever) an SSD supports.

I have never done it, but, with the fact that XP is not always best with SSDs, you may get at most a small performance boost. Roughly the same type of performance boost as if you moved the page file to any drive besides the boot drive.

share|improve this answer
add comment

My roommate saw a significant speed boost when he changed a flash drive into a ReadyBoost drive, but that doesn't work for XP, only Vista and Win7.

I expect you'd get the normal speed boost from moving from HDD to SSD, plus a small boost because it'd be on a different drive and wouldn't interfere with other operations. I'd say do it. Having put my Windows partition on a separate drive from all my apps, I can say that splitting the OS from the apps does make a difference in terms of latency.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.