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Adjusting for a new SSD drive

  1. #11


    SSDs do have limited writes but because of features like wear leveling this is not a real problem. Under normal use the drive should last for several years at least. Most likely you will replace the drive because it is too small and too slow (compared to new drives) not because it is worn out.

    The performance characteristics of an SSD are a perfect match for the typical usage of the pagefile. While with 16 GB RAM you probably won't need a pagefile that doesn't mean you would not benefit from having one. The pagefile is not some kind of slow alternative to RAM, as misinformed articles all over the Internet will tell you. It was designed to enhance performance and it usually works.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    SSDs do have limited writes but because of features like wear leveling this is not a real problem. Under normal use the drive should last for several years at least. Most likely you will replace the drive because it is too small and too slow (compared to new drives) not because it is worn out.

    The performance characteristics of an SSD are a perfect match for the typical usage of the pagefile. While with 16 GB RAM you probably won't need a pagefile that doesn't mean you would not benefit from having one. The pagefile is not some kind of slow alternative to RAM, as misinformed articles all over the Internet will tell you. It was designed to enhance performance and it usually works.
    Very well written but I am sensing the OP's main objective is to recover the allocated pagefile space. And I do agree with you that the wear concern is very over-hyped. Specifically, I have a test rig that I have done over a dozen clean installs and over 50 image restorals and my SMART data still show the drive as 100% good. However, if anything changes, I'll be the first to let the forum know.
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    I am sensing the OP's main objective is to recover the allocated pagefile space.
    He's got 170 GB free per the screenshot in his first post. He can afford a variable-size pagefile starting off at 1 GB.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by crawfish View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    I am sensing the OP's main objective is to recover the allocated pagefile space.
    He's got 170 GB free per the screenshot in his first post. He can afford a variable-size pagefile starting off at 1 GB.
    I hear ya! But that is not my decision to make and I stand by what I sensed.
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  5. #15


    The only reason really to do anything with the page file or hibernate, system restore, is if you need the GB's. Outside of that you are chasing ghosts and will never see the difference.
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  6. #16


    I also set the recycle bin to delete immediately do not save trim works less they say. I also have the Laptop to High Performance setting never shutting drives off etc. I found Page file is better left on and setting for the drive buffer flushing is another gray area does it help or not i like watching the read and write speeds in the new windows 8.1 task manager when using the SSD to move big file get good actual reading. Disable hibernation if you have to save space and there is a good site for SSD Forums just Google and you will find the info . Enjoy have two 120 SSD in the old dv9720US and made a nice difference in performance.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by crawfish View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    I am sensing the OP's main objective is to recover the allocated pagefile space.
    He's got 170 GB free per the screenshot in his first post. He can afford a variable-size pagefile starting off at 1 GB.
    I don't see the point in setting it variable with a max of 16GB.
    You've already seen that in action and it uses 1GB a lot and sometimes 1.7GB... when will it use 16GB?

    For instance I got min:1GB - max:1GB and no problems at all.

    But for each their choice, if your settings work well, keep those.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    I don't see the point in setting it variable with a max of 16GB.
    You've already seen that in action and it uses 1GB a lot and sometimes 1.7GB... when will it use 16GB?

    For instance I got min:1GB - max:1GB and no problems at all.

    But for each their choice, if your settings work well, keep those.
    Good to know. I guess I do it because Windows wants a large pagefile by default, and the CreateFileMapping API can create a file mapping that is backed by the pagefile, so there's at least one way for programs to specifically ask to use the pagefile. It doesn't cost anything to let it be variable size, and when it stays small, I figure an SSD can use the unallocated space for overprovisioning.
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  9. #19


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thank you for your suggestions, guys.
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