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Do you setup a SWAP space on your drive?

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so... windows does this by default and it's a pain to turn off but I'm curious, does anyone ever setup and or use their SWAP space?

I read a while back that having them on SSD's can actually shorten the lifespan of the drive since they have a limited though still numerous amount of read/write cycles

also that they're pointless on SSD's because... well SSD's.

any thoughts on this?
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It's no longer necessary when you have more than 8 GB of RAM really.
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well yes but still, there's a lot of people who still have them, intentionally or not, windows 10 still sets up a swap space on the drive and it's a real pain to turn off, it's practically hidden so you have to go digging for it.

at least with linux it's relatively easy to disable/not use, and I'm not sure how it's setup on modern mac's...
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Yea it's definitely not really as much of an advantage when you have an SSD. It's much faster on SSDs, but it's absolutely awful for the health of an SSD, you're right.

I have 16GB or RAM so it's basically useless for me. Linux still set a tiny one up when I installed it, and Mac OS still used a 1Gb one for some reason. I actually need to remove a stick of RAM because it's starting to go bad and has caused random system probems. I plan on doing that soon, but removing a stick of RAM can actually slow down your computer beyond just losing RAM. Turns out RAM is twice as fast when paired with another stick that's of the same type. Tongue
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(July 9th, 2018 at 5:50 AM)Darth-Apple Wrote: Yea it's definitely not really as much of an advantage when you have an SSD. It's much faster on SSDs, but it's absolutely awful for the health of an SSD, you're right.

I have 16GB or RAM so it's basically useless for me. Linux still set a tiny one up when I installed it, and Mac OS still used a 1Gb one for some reason. I actually need to remove a stick of RAM because it's starting to go bad and has caused random system probems. I plan on doing that soon, but removing a stick of RAM can actually slow down your computer beyond just losing RAM. Turns out RAM is twice as fast when paired with another stick that's of the same type. Tongue

yeah that's part of the nature of DDR or Double Data Rate type ram, it's more efficient to use two identical ram sticks instead of just one, especially if you have the CPU data lanes to take advantage of this, that's why there's rows of dual sets of colors where the ram mounts.

something I learned in my A+ cert course textbook Tongue

just be glad it's not parity bit SIMMS... that stuff is slow.
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