I'm in the process of upgrading my PC hardware and OS (WinXP x64 to Vista Home Premium 64).
I use 2x 300gb drives in a RAID, with a 15gb partition for the OS and programs (such as Office and Photoshop) and the rest as a 560 ish partition where i install games, store music/videos/pictures, etc.
My upgraded system will have 4GB physical RAM, and I intend to set my pagefile to 8192MB minimum, 11904MB maximum*. As my OS partition is rather small by current standards and I feel uncomfortable with resizing my partitions, I'm planning on putting my page file on my bigger secondary partition.
Here's where JkDefrag comes into the picture: I figured it would be best to run JkDefrag with the "-a 6" parameter to move all data on the 560gb partition to the end of the drive, then tell Vista to make a page file on the secondary partition, reboot, then do a normal JkDefrag to move all the data back.
I have another day before my new CPU and motherboard arrive, so I have plenty of time to do the -a 6 defrag beforehand.
I'm nowhere near an expert in these matters, so I'm looking for some thoughts and opions.
* Based on this article
, it's recommended to set a large minimum size (1.5x to 2x your physical RAM size) and an even larger maximum size (3x physical RAM size) as the extra space taken if the page file has to expand beyond the minimum set will be freed upon reboot. In other words: it's better to have a temporarily
fragmented page file than a page file that's too small, should you ever need that much memory.
Also, I understand there's a 16mb or so memory limit on Vista Home Premium (each Vista edition has a different limit), so I dont want my physical memory + virtual memory to exceed that limit.