Thread: Defrag: A myth?
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Old 2007-08-16, 03:47   Link #60
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Originally Posted by Tiberium Wolf View Post
If you never go over the total RAM you have why do you need the swap file?
What if a program enters a loop or misbehaves in some other form? I've had my RAM sucked down to barely anything while the page file grew to gigabytes in size during instances like that. System slowdown was only fixable by terminating the program. If your RAM is exceeded (whether intentionally or not), is it recoverable, or do you get a blue screen/freeze? Depending on what you use your computer for, that might be an OK risk to take, of course. But for people who can't afford unscheduled reboots/downtime, a page file would provide a stability layer.
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