PageFile in Windows 10 — A life saver (P.S. I still hate windows for programming)

So the other day, I had to reset my laptop because I had some bootsector issues and after that I had to install ubuntu 20.04 alongside windows(as dual boot). Must say, I had tried installing ubuntu in other drives(non-SSD ones) but the performance was quite slow. So this time I decided to install it on the SSD drive.

Currently I am using the Dell Inspiron 7560 laptop whose features include — 8 GB RAM, 1 TB hard-disk along with 128 GB SSD. Also it has an i7 processor. But when I went to shrink the drive, I showed me only 8 GB of shrinkable space. I was surprised, since I already had 36 GB taken up by the default OS, i.e. windows 10 and the rest of the drive was empty. I did some digging and found out about something called as the “PageFile”.

Now according to Google —

Pagefile in Windows 10 is a hidden system file with the .SYS extension that is stored on your computer’s system drive (usually C:\). The Pagefile allows the computer to perform smoothly by reducing the workload of the physical memory, or RAM.

Some more points about the pagefile are as follows(courtesy - Google):

Now, I came across another article which said that I had to uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives checkbox in order to allow me to have more shrinkable size for my ubuntu installation. So I did that under system properties and after that I was able to get 32 GB of shrinkable space, out of which I allocated 30 GB for ubuntu. I am still curious though, why does the system not allow me to shrink more than that! Well honestly, 30 GB is less I know, but I can handle that much of space along with all other apps and personal projects. May be it’s something related to the configuration of my laptop. I know it could be changed, and I will try my best to figure it out eventually. To be frank, when it comes to programming, I hate the windows OS, too many setups, and stuff like that.

Ubuntu 20.04

Well Ubuntu has always been my favourite OS since college and now that I have installed the latest version i.e. 20.04, I must say it is ❤️ 😍!

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