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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tech Tip of the Day: How to save space on Solid State Drives (SSDs) - Part One: Paging File

Description: This is a technical article on the topic of saving space on Solid State Drives. Part One covers moving the Paging File.

The purpose of this article series is to show how to save space on Solid State drives, which are typically smaller than standard hard drives. In this article we will use a secondary hard drive, presumed to be larger than the solid state drive, as sort of a repository, so we may move files from the faster SSD drive to the bigger standard hard drive.

Paging File
The first, easiest and biggest file to be moved is the paging file. The paging file is a "backup" for the RAM in your computer, so it is a large, mostly empty file that simply waits for Windows to input information to it. We will be moving this from the C:\ drive (SSD) to the E:\ drive (HDD). This configuration may differ per system, so make sure the drive letters are right with your system.

  1. Go to Start, right-click Computer and choose


  2. On the new window, choose Advanced System Settings on the left.

    • Note: Approve or allow any permissions dialogues.

    advanced system settings

  3. On the new window, choose the Advanced tab, then in the Performance section click on


  4. On the newest window, choose the Advanced tab again, then choose


  5. Uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives box at the top.


  6. Select the secondary drive (E:\ in this case,) choose
    System managed size, then click Set.


  7. Select the C:\ drive, choose No Paging File, then click

    no paging file

  8. When prompted, choose Yes to allow the change to go through.
    • Don't worry, although Windows doesn't recognize it yet, the new paging file will take all the information Windows needs.


  9. Click OK to proceed through the windows. If prompted to restart, choose the option to
    Restart Now. If not, go ahead and restart your computer to complete the process.
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