swap file


Bill H.

They have a small internal HD (60gb) and it's already full with compression
turned on. They also have a couple of USB drives. Even though the drives
are listed in system (control panel) on the virtual memory tab, the settings
I put there don't seem to stick.

Can winxp support swap file on USB drives, and how do to that?

Ideally, I'd like a very small or non-existant swap on C: and the bulk or
all of the swap file on the USB drive.




Leonard Grey

"Can winxp support swap file on USB drives."

No. And even if it did, it would be a bad idea, because that would
noticeably slow a computer's performance.

"They" need a bigger hard drive.

Bill H.

I know, I know...(bigger HD). Sigh.


Leonard Grey said:
"Can winxp support swap file on USB drives."

No. And even if it did, it would be a bad idea, because that would
noticeably slow a computer's performance.

"They" need a bigger hard drive.



You can create more free space in C by
carrying any of the measures suggested below.

The default allocation to System Restore is 12% on your C partition
which is over generous. I would reduce it to 700 mb. Right click your My
Computer icon on the Desktop and select System Restore. Place the cursor
on your C drive select Settings but this time find the slider and drag
it to the left until it reads 700 mb and exit. When you get to the
Settings screen click on Apply and OK and exit.

A default setting which could be wasteful is that for temporary internet
files, especially if you do not store offline copies on disk. The
default allocation is 3% of drive. Depending on your attitude to offline
copies you could reduce this to 1% or 2%. In Internet Explorer select
Tools, Internet Options, General, Temporary Internet Files, Settings to
make the change. At the same time look at the number of days history is

The default allocation for the Recycle Bin is 10 % of drive. Change to
5%, which should be sufficient. In Windows Explorer place the cursor
on your Recycle Bin, right click and select Properties, Global and
move the slider from 10% to 5%. However, try to avoid letting it get
too full as if it is full and you delete a file by mistake it will
bypass the Recycle Bin and be gone for ever.

If your drive is formatted as NTFS another potential gain arises with
your operating system on your C drive. In the Windows Directory of
your C partition you will have some Uninstall folders in your Windows
folder typically: $NtServicePackUninstall$ and $NtUninstallKB282010$
etc. These files may be compressed or not compressed. If compressed
the text of the folder name appears in blue characters. If not
compressed you can compress them. Right click on each folder and
select Properties, General, Advanced and check the box before Compress
contents to save Disk Space. On the General Tab you can see the amount
gained by deducting the size on disk from the size. Folder
compression is only an option on a NTFS formatted drive / partition.

Select Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System
Information, Tools, Dr Watson and verify that the box before "Append to
existing log" is NOT checked. This means the next time the log is
written it will overwrite rather than add to the existing file.

The default maximum size setting for Event Viewer logs is too large.
Reset the maximum for each log from 512 kb to 128 kb and set it to

Select Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk CleanUp to
Empty your Recycle Bin and Remove Temporary Internet Files. Also
select Start, All Programs, accessories, System Tools, Disk CleanUp,
More Options, System Restore and remove all but the latest System
Restore point. Run Disk Defragmenter.


Hope this helps.

Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute

Patrick Keenan

Bill H. said:
I know, I know...(bigger HD). Sigh.


On the upside, that's not expensive. Where I am, a 250 gig hard disk is
under $70. Half-terabyte drives are under $100.

A 60-gig drive is probably 5 years old and is towards the end of its
reliable life. .




Andy Roberts


You might be able to move your My Documents folder to the USB drive. Just
right-click the My Documents folder, select Properties, and click the
Move... button. If that doesn't work, you can move your folders to the USB
drive, and then put shortcuts to them in My Documents or on your desktop.

If you don't use hibernation, you can turn it off and save hard disk space
there, too. In the Control Panel, go to Power Options, then the Hibernate
tab. Uncheck "Enable hibernation."

These steps, taken together with what Gerry suggested on Feb. 4, should open
up a little space.

Take care,
Andy R.


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