ggallin wrote:Guess what. You haven't used my system. It WAS faster with pagefile on the external firewire HD instead of the same system/boot drive. When I have pf on my system (internal) drive, I have to wait for windows and menus to draw on the screen, after using a memory-hungry app. This isn't the case with external pagefile. Everything works instantly, I don't have to wait.
Have you ever even tried this kind of a configuration, in practice ?
Anyways, now I have another Promise controller with a HD dedicated for paging. It's fast now..
Yes, as I said, I'm a system engineer. I've tried more configurations than you can imagine.
Drive or page file fragmentation could be the cause of your problems, especially if the drive is near capacity.
You could download a trial of Perfectdisk, O&O or Diskeeper, run an offline defrag. Might help and they do increase performance a fair bit over the default XP defragger.
I suggest you run some benches, bet you'll find out there isn't an increase in performance. Many folks try things out and imagine an improvement, but when you get down to it, the benefit is just imagined once you throw some benches into the equation.
Best example is RAID 0. If you think your computer runs faster because of it, you have another thing coming. Plenty of articles out there that clearly show no benefit for home users.
Here's another question for you to ponder. If the benefits are so demonstrable, ever wonder why more people don't utilize this uber setup?