#7 is irrelevant if you ignore #5, otherwise it becomes relevant, in the context of the request of having the pagefile on the same USB disk..
I understand how these mis-understandings happen; just to set the record strait, I was not
responding to SuperJMN's question about DiskMod (of which I know very little). I was responding to his original, main
issue of how to install
Windows 7 to the USB device and the issues that followed; ultra-low graphics, Windows service not started etc. which have nothing to do with DiskMod (evidenced by the fact, his first two posts, describing in detail his issue, make no mention of DiskMod or a pagefile). I was able to reproduce his exact issues, using his method of install on hardware that works fine without
DiskMod. His mention/question of DiskMod only came later, after I had successfully diagnosed/reproduced his issue and suggested an alternative installation method that turned out to work fine (all without DiskMod).
Thanks for you thorough testing. I opted by the method you commented and it worked like a charm. The point of having a Windows installation that can be booted up its to have an autonomous ext. HDD that can help you fix your computer when it's broken or simply make your Windows installation portable (for work, for example). In my case, I also wanted to make the same Windows partition able to host a paging file. This isn't permitted by the OS by default, so I had to follow the instructions to use DiskMod. It was a bit tricky, but it worked in the end.
Are you using DiskMod? What about your drive specs? my unit is a Toshiba 2.5 USB 2.0 with 30 MB/s sequential read/write time. Not quick, I would say A paging file definitely helps.
He clearly asked me about DisMod after
his original question/issue had been resolved! I admit to not answering him on the DiskMod question, other than the fact I don't use it, because I didn't think it was pertinent to the earlier question, I didn't know much about it and because I was also looking into a second issue raised by OldFart and didn't want to get the two posters issues confused
. Your assumption
that both posters issues were pagefile related has been a huge part of the problem.
Regarding the second (unrelated) issue of OldFarts pagefile, I admit I wasn't sure why my USB installation retained a pagefile while his did not but I didn't have immediate access to my USB drive (at work) as I mentioned, so I put that on hold. Meanwhile, another confusion was developing regarding OldFarts description of his install method. Everything he described, installing to SATA connected drive, removing said drive for reconnection as external USB device etc. is exactly what one would do if they still had an internal, working drive. His assumption I would know there was no internal drive for that computer caused more mis-understandings.
Meanwhile, your only contribution up to this point had been to post a link without explanation as to how this would help or even which issue was being addressed. Something like: "The problem may be, there's no internal drive available, DiskMod forces the pagefile to USB disk." along with the link could have saved untold time and effort sorting through the wreckage later (this assumes, for the moment, you really knew the issue was a missing/unusable internal drive). Your continued insistence that "to have a pagefile on a USB disk you *need* something" (like DiskMod) wasn't helpful without including the key (missing throughout the discussion) piece of information; 'to have a pagefile located
on a USB disk you *need* something' would have been infinitely more useful.
I'm still not sure you understand, having a pagefile doesn't mean the pagefile.sys is located on the same drive! I have a pagefile, it works fine; it just happens to be located elsewhere. Again, assuming
you knew the issue was no internal drive available for the pagefile, a little explanation of this fact would have gone a long ways
towards avoiding this marathon length runaround. By the time you finally began explaining yourself (in post #159), it was already too late to avoid much of the
I'm glad everything seems to have been worked out and I, for one, have learned something important about pagefiles (location, location, location) and now know what DiskMod does. In the future, when asked about pagefiles on USB, my first question will be, do you need it located on
the USB drive