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I've heard of putting page file onto a flash drive and apparently it's supposed to be faster than on a hard drive. What is really faster though? The page file transferring on the flash drive or hard drive? I'm referring to USB 2.0 connection too.
 

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Re: Page file transfer - Which is faster?

USB will always be way slower then the HDD. If you have a large external drive you can Add that as another drive with an additional paging file in addition to the C: drive.
 

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Although there may be variations in read/write speeds, the basics are;

Firewire 1394a = 50 MB/s.

USB 2.0 High speed = 60 MB/s.

Firewire 1394b = 100 MB/s.

Pata drives transfer speed = 133 MB/s.

Sata 1 transfer speeds = 150 MB/s.

Sata 2 transfer speeds = 300 MB/s.

The relocation of the Page File is discussed here -> http://www.theeldergeek.com/locating_the_page_file.htm

It hardly makes sense to have a drive at 150 MB/s trying to interact with a Page File at 60 MB/s.

So, the best choice would appear to be a second internal Sata 1 drive.

Like RAM, it always pays to match speeds the best you can.
 

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I guess its a good thing I had some spare hard drives laying around to throw in, and could use as a page file drive or so. Beats what some people say about plugging in a flash drive and using it for page file like a bad Readyboost concept for XP.
 
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