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    I recently saw a thread where somebody described having his page file on a separate partition. A few questions:
    1.) What is a page file?
    2.) What does it do?
    3.) What would be the purpose of having this page file on a separate partition?

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    1 & 2: a page file (swap file) is virtual memory, a place for the OS to temp. hold data and instuctions on the harddrive that can't fit into RAM

    3: I don't know why anyone would want to put it on a seperate partion in a M$ windows system
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    3. that should be on separate HD and not separate partition. page file on a separate HD can give you faster access to your virtual memory.
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    I have seen the light, and it is good. Thank you, all.

    How would one go about placing a page file on a separate hard drive?
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    Linux usually has a seperate partition for swap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kane2g
    Linux usually has a seperate partition for swap.
    usually? I think it is a requirement. but this is windows we're talking about here, we don't want to start confusing ppl :)
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