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xCarne_Asada

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So I want to make a swap file and temp/temporary internet files partition to help keep my harddrive less fragmented.

What size should I make it? I have seen some people with 2gigs and others with 10gigs.

and what file structure should i format it in?

My OS is Windows XP Pro in NTFS.
 

JigPu

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How much swap/temp space are you currently using? Considering you have 1GB of RAM, I wouldn't imagine you'd need much more than 512MB of swap space. And temp internet files is something I like to keep trimmed down as well, though you can have it as large as you want.

Total partition size shouldn't be larger than 5GB at the most I would guess. Probably more around 1-3 depending on how much you enjoy temp files :D

JigPu
 

dgk

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Why NTFS? I just partitioned my array and the temp/swap file drive was the only one that I did FAT32 rather than NTFS. I figure these are just temporary files and performance is more important than reliablity or security issues. Supposedly FAT32 is faster than NTFS although I don't know about real world stuff.

Also, how do you move your swap file? Another thread showed how to move the temp files (my computer, properties, advanced, environment variables - there are some in both places). Oh, never mind. Same place, just pick performance settings, advanced, instead of environment variables.
 

Sonny

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xCarne_Asada said:
So I want to make a swap file and temp/temporary internet files partition to help keep my harddrive less fragmented.

What size should I make it? I have seen some people with 2gigs and others with 10gigs.

and what file structure should i format it in?

My OS is Windows XP Pro in NTFS.

Well I have 2 X 40G in RAID 0 & have it partitioned;

20G = OS
4.51G = Temporary Internet Folder, Email Store Folder, Swap File, CD Burning Folder, anything that sees a lot of Reading & Writing
50G = Storage

The only reason I came up with the 4.51G is that that was all that was left over after making the 20G & 50G partitions on paper. I dont seem to have much more space needed more than 4.51G even with a 1.5G Swap & 1G Temp. Internet Folder

Also that 1.5G Swap File is my 2nd Swap File, READ THIS;)

dgk said:
Why NTFS? I just partitioned my array and the temp/swap file drive was the only one that I did FAT32 rather than NTFS. I figure these are just temporary files and performance is more important than reliablity or security issues. Supposedly FAT32 is faster than NTFS although I don't know about real world stuff.

Also, how do you move your swap file? Another thread showed how to move the temp files (my computer, properties, advanced, environment variables - there are some in both places). Oh, never mind. Same place, just pick performance settings, advanced, instead of environment variables.

I used to do the FAT32 for the "Swap Partition" but never noticed a difference so decided to just go went better stability with NTFS.

To Move or Create a secondary Swap File you RIGHT CLICK MY COMPUTER | ADVANCED TAB | PERFORMANCE SETTINGS | ADVANCED TAB | VIRTUAL MEMORY CHANGE & the rest is self explanatory.
 

XWRed1

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If you format as ntfs, you can choose to mount it under another directory on an ntfs partition rather than as a drive letter.

So you could make an ntfs partition, mount it under C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\ or whatever.
 

slyy

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Also in response to why nfts vs. FAT32, were not after speed here and even if we were the resulting difference between the two would be nano seconds! Stick witht the New Technology File System. ;o)