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Using a spare SSD for Pagefile and caching

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    Using a spare SSD for Pagefile and caching

    Hi all,

    Quick question. I have a spare Agility 2 64GB SSD doing nothing so I'm wondering if I can use it as a pagefile drive for my OS drive which is also an SSD drive.


    All the threads I've read about this have all been about using the OS drive whether it be an SSD drive or HD for pagefiling. I want to use a SPARE SSD drive to pagefile FOR my OS drive.

    Is this even possible and if so, how do I do it?

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    Yes, it is possible.

    The general advice is not to do it, since it can shorten the life of the SSD because the pagefile is written to often and SSDs have their limitations in regards to that.

    But things have gotten better: Taking a Hard Look At SSD Write Endurance - Slashdot

    It's for you to decide. I say better to make sure you have enough system RAM (8 GB is starting to get into the "a lot" zone for 64 bit OS - on a 32 bit OS, 4 is "a lot".)

    I see you have 24 GB of RAM installed. The pagefile still does certain things, but will be used much less than a system with say 4 GB RAM.

    If you do it, make sure TRIM command is active in Windows.

    All you would need to do is tell Windows to set the page file to the drive, while deleting the current page file. Nothing difficult.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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