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Chapter 5. Hard Drive Annoyances > MAINTENANCE ANNOYANCES

MAINTENANCE ANNOYANCES

DRIVE PERFORMANCE AND VIRTUAL MEMORY

The Annoyance:

Can I reduce or disable virtual memory to minimize drive access and increase my system performance?

The Fix:

You're treading on some tricky ground here. The operating system sets aside hard drive space and essentially treats it like RAM. This virtual memory (VM) prevents your PC from crashing when real memory runs short. On the downside, VM is a lot slower than true RAM.


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