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Chapter 14. Tuning Windows Vista’s Perfo... > Storing the Page File Optimally

Storing the Page File Optimally

The location of the page file can have a major impact on its performance. There are three things you should consider:

  • If you have multiple physical hard disks, store the page file on the hard disk that has the fastest access time— You’ll see later in this section that you can tell Windows Vista which hard disk to use for the page file.

  • Store the page file on an uncompressed partition— Windows Vista is happy to store the page file on a compressed NTFS partition. However, as with all file operations on a compressed partition, the performance of page file operations suffers because of the compression and decompression required. Therefore, you should store the page file on an uncompressed partition.

  • If you have multiple hard disks, store the page file on the hard disk that has the most free space— Windows Vista expands and contracts the page file dynamically depending on the system’s needs. Storing the page file on the disk with the most space gives Windows Vista the most flexibility.


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