Is it desirable to have a sawp file that is in one contiguous - spaced file on the hard drive?

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Is it desirable to have a swapfile that is in one contiguous-spaced file on the hard drive?

I used to have a tiny drive, but I replaced it and took the liberty of handling virtual memory settings myself, creating a nice big swap file. I changed the memory setting, deleted the old swapfile and restarted Windows

Now I notice that, when running Defrag, I still have a ton of 'non-moveable' file blocks spread out all over my hard drive.

It seems to me that, if the swapfile is in chunks all over the disk, memory performance might not be what it could be. I don't want to break anything, but if I can tune up the performance and learn something in the process, I'd like to try.

Thank you.

Answer

This question was answered on February 18, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Yes The Windows permanent swap file consists of a large number of consecutive contiguous clusters; it is often the largest single file on the hard disk, and of course this disk space cannot be used by any other applications

The more RAM you put into the machine, the more things it is able to remember without looking anything up The larger the swap file, the fewer times it has to do intensive drive searches

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 18, 2004