Thursday, 6 October 2016

How to move Pagefile.sys to another drive?

Recently, I had to move Pagefile.sys from C: drive to another drive on a server to free up some space. Page file is used as a virtual memory in Windows. Generally, you can find on C:\Pagefile.sys. It is a hidden file and you won’t be able to see it until you changes settings in Windows Explorer not to hide protected operating system files.

To move the Pagefile to a new drive, follow these steps. You can perform these steps on any Windows Vista, or Windows 7 on wards or Windows server 2003 on wards.
  •  Go to Control Panel and then System and Security.
  • Now, click on Advanced system settings on the left side column.
  • System properties box will appear, click on Advanced tab.
  • Under Performance, click on Settings… button
  • Performance Options box will appear, click on Advance tab.
  • In Virtual Memory section, click on Change… button
  • Virtual Memory box will appear. In this box, untick Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
  • Select the drive letter C: (if pagefile is currently saved on C: drive)
  • Select No paging file option and click on Set
  • Now, select the drive letter D: (presumable) where you want to save pagefile.
  • Click on System managed size and click on Set button.
  • Note: If you would like to specify the size (MB) for Pagefile, select Custom size and provide Initial size and Maximum size
  • Click on OK button to close all boxes and restart PC.

Once PC has been restarted you can find that Pagefile is moved to a new drive.

Hope you find it informative.

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