Question I need help with best to set up page file if multiple hard drives installed

CitizenSmith

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Should you always set page file on OS drive or is it better to use another drive for the page file! getting conflicting advise about that.
and should each drive have its own page file if multiple drives installed and if yes what would the amounts be for slave drives or game drives.
at present I have set up my page file on my other parked Windows 11 drive which is only being used to test and when that is active it uses my windows 10 pro drive for it's page file. not sure that's a good set up but haven't seen any issue so far.
and following advise on amounts 1.5 times minimum and 3x maximum so I have 32gb installed ram so I set to Initial size: 49152 and maximum: 98304. is that correct!.

My system is as follows,
Windows 10 pro 64bit
Motherboard: MSI B450 gaming pro carbon
Ryzen 5 3600
Ram: 32gb of Corsair vengeance rgb pro ddr4 3600
Gigabyte Geforce RTX 2070 super
installed drives as follows,
windows 10 pro drive: my main OS drive, WD Black SN750 NVMe ssd
Windows 11 drive: just testing out, WD Blue 500gb ssd
Game Drive: WD Black 2TB Sata
Storage drive: WD 2tb Sata
Storage drive: WD 1tb Sata
Recovery drive: WD 1tb Sata

thanks for any advise here.
I'm getting an out of memory when pausing gtav campaign mode but I am using mods so it could be a mod issue but doubt that is the cause as I can see my memory being eaten fast while being paused! which page file has nothing to do with that happening well at least I don't believe so.
 

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Given 32GB RAM, and a 500GB OS drive, leave it as System Managed on the OS drive (the C drive).

With that much RAM, any use of the page file will be minimal if at all.
But if the system DOES need it, it is better to be on the SSD.
 

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Given 32GB RAM, and a 500GB OS drive, leave it as System Managed on the OS drive (the C drive).

With that much RAM, any use of the page file will be minimal if at all.
But if the system DOES need it, it is better to be on the SSD.
The 500gb ssd is the windows 11 drive which when active becomes C Drive that is only active when I'm testing win11 out which is not often, my main OS is win10 on the NVMe ssd when using that OS it is also becomes C Drive when active.
when I'm using my main OS Win 10 NVMe ssd the page file for this drive is allocated on the 500gb win11 drive and visa versa so are you saying that I should alter both page files and set them to System Managed!
also is there a need to set up page files on each slave storage sata drives or is that only needed for OS drives!.
thanks
 

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The 500gb ssd is the windows 11 drive which when active becomes C Drive that is only active when I'm testing win11 out which is not often, my main OS is win10 on the NVMe ssd when using that OS it is also becomes C Drive when active.
when I'm using my main OS Win 10 NVMe ssd the page file for this drive is allocated on the 500gb win11 drive and visa versa so are you saying that I should alter both page files and set them to System Managed!
also is there a need to set up page files on each slave storage sata drives or is that only needed for OS drives!.
thanks
Let each OS do its own thing with its own pagefile.

In each OS, the pagefile goes on the C.
This is different physical drives, but that does not matter.

Yes, System Managed.
And you don't need/want a pagefile on other drives.
 
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With that much RAM, any use of the page file will be minimal if at all.
Be careful with this assumption. Poorly designed programs/games and horrible console to PC ports can use plenty of pagefile space, even if they don't need to.

System managed pagefile OR a pagefile set to a static amount, equal to your total amount of RAM, and placed on a fast SSD, are both good options.
 
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