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Page file on a Different Drive?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by BEn_2600+, 2 Jun 2006.

  1. BEn_2600+

    Hitman

    Joined: 9 Jul 2004

    Posts: 620

    Location: Sheffield

    Hi, I recently found out an old drive which i put in my PC to test it, but lazy as i am ive just left it in there. The drive is quite old now (not sure of its exact age) and its only 2gb. I run Hd tach on the drive and it come up with 9.8mb/s :eek:
    Would there be any point in putting my pagefile on the drive or would it be better leaving it on my Primary 120gb hdd?

    If its no good for a pagefile any other uses for the drive that maybe gain performance? Sorry if this is a noob question Hard Drives arn't my strong point

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Swanster

    Hitman

    Joined: 20 May 2003

    Posts: 858

    Location: Nottinghamshire

    Normally putting a page file on a different physical drive from windows+programs is a good idea, but with a drive that slow, it'll only slow things down, so don't bother.
    I'm afraid I really can't think of any way a 2gb drive (which is what, about 10 years old?) can be used to improve performance. :(

    I suppose you could use it as a sort-of backup drive, but I wouldn't want to trust a drive that old.
     
  3. jhmaeng

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 May 2004

    Posts: 2,060

    Location: London, UK

    No, definitely don't do that.

    A hard disk that only does 9.8MB/s is basically worthless... whether as a data storage (seeing as 2GB is very little difference anyway, not to mention very high chance of a hard disk drive death) or as a swap-file drive. It's just too slow and old to be worth anything.

    Time for it to go to recycling or whatever other approved method of disposal, methinks!
     
  4. BEn_2600+

    Hitman

    Joined: 9 Jul 2004

    Posts: 620

    Location: Sheffield

    Hi, thanks for the replies!! I shall have fun destroying it!! :D

    Thanks alot

    Ben
     
  5. Messiah Khan

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Sep 2005

    Posts: 10,000

    Location: Scottish Highlands

    Destroy it?! Heathen!. I'd keep it and use it as an OS drive for something like a download box or just as a backupdrive with windows on, incase your main OS drive dies.
     
  6. BEn_2600+

    Hitman

    Joined: 9 Jul 2004

    Posts: 620

    Location: Sheffield

    Hi, No lol im not really going to destroy it, i think i might use it like you say as a download box. I'm not going to use it as backup its rather old now dont know how reliable it will be. But my downloads dont have to be all that secure can always get them again ;) :)

    Thanks for the idea Messiah Khan :)

    Ben
     
  7. Bonjour_Rodney

    Gangster

    Joined: 13 Nov 2004

    Posts: 207

    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    A novelty paper weight? Father's day is just around the corner!

    ;)
     
  8. BEn_2600+

    Hitman

    Joined: 9 Jul 2004

    Posts: 620

    Location: Sheffield

    Fantastic idea!!! My dad would love it :) :D

    Ben