Problem with Pagefile on second drive in Windows 7

My Windows 7 computer has 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD drive. I dont want to page on my SSD drive (because I believe it will shorten the life of it, and I dont believe in paging anyway), so I disabled paging. However, occationally Windows claimed it ran out of memory and killed my applications. I am very suspicious it really ran out of memory (4GB should have been plenty for what I did), but nevertheless it killed my applications.

I decided to install a second drive, an old rotating hard drive, that I assigned the drive letter b: and named backup. That is where I want my pagefile.sys (and some backups).

When configuring Windows the way I wanted, I got the error:
Windows created a temporary paging file on your computer because of a problem that occured with your paging file configuration when you started your computer. The total paging file size for all drives may be somewhat larger than the size you specified
What this really meant was that I got a pagefile on c: anyway. And the error message popped up every time i started my computer.

Like many other people who have written about similar problems, I tried all combinations of disabling and enabling pagefile for the different drives, but very very hard to get it the way I wanted.

Finally it worked – and as usual with Windows it is impossible to know what really made the difference. And I dont want to break the configuration just to fix it again to learn!

Anyway, these are things I did that MIGHT have had anything to do with it (perhaps it had to do with the stars or something):

  1. I renamed b: to q: (in case Windows 7 does not believe in paging on its second floppy drive) (Most Likely This One!)
  2. I first obtained a working configuration with pagefile on both c: and q:, both of them using an interval, none of them System managed
  3. I reduced c: in steps, first to 16-256, next to 16-16
  4. I finally effectively disabled pagefile on c: by setting “initial size”, to 0 (not by using No Pagefile)

I recommend that you change your folder view setting so you can see systems/hidden/protected files along the way.

Sometimes people say Windows is good. Sometimes I say, “well, yes, Windows 7 is ok, they got it right now”. But the truth is that Windows f***ing sucks. This reconfigure/reboot/pray-way of solving problems is so braindead. And it is impossible to learn or understand.

  1. Death of my SSD | TechFindings - pingback on 2012/05/06 at 21:49
  2. I can confirm windows does not like having a page file on a drive with the letter B. So safe to assume that “A” is also out of the question. Soon as I changed my 320gig HD letter from B to V, the pagefile location change, took. Thanks for your input out of all the articles on this topic your advice is the one that worked for me.

  3. Thank you so much, I have been doing everything for several days to try to fix this including doing clean boots to find out the issues. Changing my drive letter from A to Q on my secondary drive did the trick and now I am able to not have a page file on my SSD without having getting the ‘temporary page file error’ which created a page file on my SSD while having a ‘dud’ page file on my A: drive which seemed to not be detected at all.

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