In this specific case I disagree
The setting for a pagefile (not system managed) has to be chosen between:
- fixed size (like 1024-1024) <-Smart IMHO
- "dynamic" (like 1024-2048)<-Senselsss IMHO
The third option "dynamic with no slack" (like 1023-1024) is one that makes even less sense.
The idea with "fixed size" is that when the pagefile is hit AND it's fixed size is filled, the system will nicely crash.
The idea with "dynamic" is that once pagefile.sys is "hit", AND it is filled for it's minimum size, it starts expanding until it reaches the maximim size, THEN the system will crash nicely of course IF there is enough available space for the pagefile to "grow".
The foolishness of the "dynamic" is that it takes time (and system resources) to resize the pagefile, so, in a situation where the system is on the verge of crashing you add some stress to it.
That, in determinate conditions (and with the big caveat of available space) may make some (little) sense if the "expansion range" is "big".
With 1 Mb difference it makes not any.
BTW, on low memory systems, it makes sense to make a dynamic pagefile, say, something like 100-2048 in order to test the system (intentionally loading it to the max/overloading it) to find a more accurate value for the max range used, lets'say 1536, and then set it fixed to 1536-1536.
Additionally a "dynamic" pagefile, if "hit", will contrubute to fragmentation, and for any "diagnostic" use of the pagefile.sys as "dump" it is much more convenient to have it in "one piece" as only the "fixed" setting may guarantee.
With today's hard disk sizes, it makes no sense however to "spare" a few Mbytes of hard disk space anyway.
- someone else - in perfect good faith - provided 5 partial or unrelated answers to the original question.
- OP - remarked this in a somewhat "I know more than you do" approach, and reiterating the question as "So again, we are right back to the question, is there a way to get XP x64 to be able to use a USB as VM?"
- I initially answered to that question (and nothing else), and I did it VERY accurately, it was NOT my intention to make a course on vityual memory or pagefile.sys and from the approach of the OP, my intention was to post EXACTLY what I posted, and I also explained the reasons why I did post EXACTLY that and not nothing else in post #30 and also some "what if"
- I want to re-affirm the fact that I am NOT binded by any contract or agreement to spoon feed anyone, particularly when I feel like not doing it, nor that I need to "make friends" with anyone, hence I feel free to post whatever I like to, in the EXACT way I like to, within the limits of Board Rules, of course.
Of course you are perfectly free to tell me what I should have posted and how I should have worded it, but I find it a perfect example of exercise in futility.
Let's use a carpenter's comparison
a fictional_customer goes to the hardware store and:
I want to to fix a steel plate with some nails on a reinforced concrete wall, I used to do that with common iron nails and a hammer, but somehow I cannot manage to do it anymore in my new house, how do I do it?
I don't think it is a good idea to plant nails wiith a hammer in a reinforced concrete wall, expecially to fix to it a steel plate, and I doubt you ever managed to do that.
Normally you cannot plant common nails in a reinforced concrete wall with a hammer.
What is normally used for concrete walls are wall plugs/screw anchors/dowels, and you need a drill to install them, here is the only one I have available....
Have you checked it is well fixed?
I tried doing the same, but it seemed not stable.
(fictional_customer' walks away, coming back the day after with some photographs of a steel plate with a hook welded to it nailed to a wall)
You see, I have been doing DIY jobs all my life, and I used to work as carpenter, painter and truck driver.
Here is the steel plate I fixed to the wall on my old house, as you can see it is fixed with nails, and I can guarantee that I planted them with a hammer
, have you tried to put some load on the hook? (just to make sure it is fixed in a solid way, can you try hanging to it, let's say, some 100 pounds)
(fictional_customer' walks away, coming back the day after)
I found an interesting fact.
I tried putting some weight to the hook.
I had to use a rope to hang the load to the hook (you didnt mention using a rope at all).
The hook and steel plate came off the wall
Yes, this is normal, that's why I told you to use some anchors, what happens is that when you plant the nails they seem to be steady but they cannot hold on concrete enough to carry an actual weight.
You could have explained that better and from the start.
Yes, I could have, but I didn't, since you seemed - and actually presented yourself as - an expert.
That hardware store manager is queer, he could have explained better how nails are not the right choice to fix steel plates on walls if the hook on the plate is to be loaded. I didn't knew that, but he could well have explained since day one, if he had been more explicit, than the customer would have bought the drill and anchors the first day.
And, still just for the record:
jaclaz, on 12 November 2012 - 02:41 PM, said:
Can you open that "USB card" in explorer and see if there is in its root (possibly hidden/system) a file named "pagefile.sys"?
snoopy55, on 12 November 2012 - 08:17 PM, said:
To view the Pagefile.sys file along with checking "Show hidden files and folders" you must also uncheck "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" (you might have clarified this little much needed step Jaclaz )