Spare Drive Guide

Relocating the Virtual Memory Paging File


The purpose of this article is to provide the computer user with the method to change the default location of Virtual Memory Page File from Drive C, e.g. c:\ to the spare drive.

Problem 1: If free space on Drive C is running low, then system performance will be adversely affected by the additional space utilized for the Virtual Memory Page File.

Solution: Relocate Virtual Memory to a drive with more space.


Step 1 – First disable Virtual Memory on Disk C

  • Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl in the Open box, and then press ENTER.
  • Click the Advanced tab, and then under Performance click Settings.
  • Click the Advanced tab, and then under Virtual memory click Change.
  • Under Drive [Volume Label] pane, click / highlight the drive that contains the paging file, e.g. Disk C.
  • Then go to the list of options below the pane and enable / check the option No Paging File
  • Then click the Set Button

Step 2 – Next Enable Virtual Memory on the spare drive

  1. Return to the Drive [Volume Label] pane.
  2. Click / Highlight any spare drive noted in the pane.  For example: Drive E or Drive F, etc..
  3. Then go to the list of options below the pane and check / enable System Manage Size
  4. Then click the Set button.
  5. Then click ok and reboot.


Note: After you change the location of the paging file, you may be prompted to restart Windows. If you are prompted to restart, the changes will not take effect until Windows is restarted.

Tip 1: Ensure there is only one page file notated in the Drive [Volume Label] pane.  Having two or more is not optimal for windows.

Tip 2:  Subsequently, if in the future you receive the message Low Virtual Memory then see my article on Low Virtual Memory



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