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I am using Windows 7 RC and wanted to know if it was possible to use an SD card ( I have a slot for it in my laptop) to hold the page file.

When I try to change my virtual memory settings, it doesn't list the drive as available to use.


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The SD card would be classed as a removable device, which would explain why it's not usable to hold the page file (removing the SD would mean a bunch of memory space just disappeared from underneath the kernel -- and (most*) kernels generally don't like that much).

You might get some use out of the SD card as a ReadyBoost device, assuming you can convince Windows to use it.

Sidenote: I'm aware some kernels can cope with memory disappearing -- they usually need to be told the memory is going to go first.

+1 for suggesting ReadyBoost. – Marie Fischer Jul 28 '09 at 12:16

You can not page to a drive that Windows considers removable, which includes anything you plug into a USB port or card reader.

I am sure windows could be commanded to ignore the face device is removable. – Tomáš Zato May 9 '15 at 5:14

I'm looking to do the exact same thing. try this neat little site. it works in that you will now see the SD card as a disk. now the last hurdle........ moving the pagefile. it keeps coming back to c drive....


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