Shrinking Partitiion? Trying to Delete Pagefile.sys

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by David, May 29, 2008.

  1. David

    David Guest

    I want to shrink my "C" partition with disk manager but it will not let me
    make it small enough because of the pagefile.sys file which I want to
    delete. How can I shrink the partition since I cannot seem to be able to
    delete pagefile.sys ? It says to also remove the shadow copies which I have
    done. TIA
    David, May 29, 2008
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  2. David

    Nonny Guest

    If your page file is keeping you from shrinking the partition, then
    you probably need a larger hard drive.

    If you have more than one, you can move the page file to the other

    To remove or delete (nor recommended) the page file, go to Control
    Panel (classic view),


    Advanced System Settings (left panel)


    Advanced tab

    You will find the page file configuration area there
    Nonny, May 29, 2008
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  3. You need to kill the page file. You can't when it is in use which it
    always is once you're booted into Windows. So...

    Control Panel, System. Advanced system settings on left then
    Performance, Settings, Advanced tab, and then, Virtual memory, click
    Change. Somewhere there should a checkbox for no Paging File. Check
    that, then reboot, then finally you should be able to do what you
    want. When you're finished repeat the steps to reset the Paging File.
    Running without one will make your system extremely sluggish.
    Adam Albright, May 29, 2008
  4. David

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi David,

    You can't delete the pagefile.sys (virtual memory) while it's in use, and
    it's probably got immovable blocks of space locked on the drive. You would
    have to disable virtual memory in the advanced system settings, and this is
    not recommended unless you have plenty of memory.
    Rick Rogers, May 29, 2008
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