Is setting virtual memory to a level higher than normal dangerous to the system

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I currently have 6GB of physical RAM installed in my PC and I lag in Fortnite so I decided to go to virtual memory and put it to 50,000 (which is 50GB) and apparently it takes that from my hard drive which is not a big deal cause I have loads of space. I have a 500GB hard disk drive.

So is this dangerous or is it fine? Like it helped my game alot I dont lag at all. But if it is dangerous what damage would it do?

Best Answer

You are fine.

So is this dangerous or is it fine? Like it helped my game alot I dont lag at all. But if it is dangerous what damage would it do?

Regardless of what you set virtual memory (paging file size) to, the OS will work hard to keep active portions of memory in RAM. As Fortnight consumes more RAM, more less-active portions of memory will be "paged out" to disk. This is great.

In fairness, the OS isn't perfect, and you could see some lag if the OS pages out something relevant to the game by accident. If so, quit other (non-Fortnight) programs that are running and try again. It is hard to believe that whatever result would be worse than if you didn't have the page file.

As far as damage, you will not damage your computer by adjusting this setting. You could conceivably set the page file size high enough that you'd run out of disk space for saving data, but it sounds like you aren't at risk of that right now. Keep in mind that a page file can exist on each drive letter, and will count against that disk's capacity.

Good luck with your game!

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