2 hard drives are not needed. I have 1 hard drive with 2 partitions, and my big page file is on the 2nd partition. I do this to help avoid filling
up the C drive, (not to gain performance). When the C drive gets low on free space, it will cause performance degradation.
But I would get much better performance if I had 2 drives (wont fit in my laptop) with the big page file on the second drive, provided that the second
drive was also on a seperate controller, not a slave on the same IDE ribbon cable.
As for the 3,556MB, that is fine (XP max page file is 4 gig), and some games may require this much page file. But it will be using the 3 gig on the C
drive first, so if you do have them on seperate drives and seperate controllers, you are not getting the performance enhancement until you remove most
(or all) of the 3 gig on the C drive.
As for the Peak memory usage, it just means that it used that much during peak usage. If you have the virtual memory set to min of 1.5 times ram, and
maximum somewhere under 4 gig, windows will scale the size up and down as needed. As that peak goes away, so will most of the fragmentation.
If you have the page file set at the same size for both min and max, you can get fragmentation of course. If you are concerned with page file
fragmentation, there is a small but good article about defragmenting the page file
Kalapadea is right as usual, but I think the program is called startup control. It is a goody, small and easy to install and use, but be aware that
there are some apps that hide from it too. Hijackthis, Microsoft Antispyware, and dozens of other free apps also allow you to manipulate what apps
start during startup if you are not comfortable with msconfig.
[edit on 14-10-2005 by makeitso]