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May 2nd, 2010, 04:10 PM
What exactly is a SWAP partition? :confused:

May 2nd, 2010, 04:13 PM

Swap space in Linux is used when the amount of physical memory (RAM) is full. If the system needs more memory resources and the physical memory is full, inactive pages in memory are moved to the swap space. While swap space can help machines with a small amount of RAM, it should not be considered a replacement for more RAM. Swap space is located on hard drives, which have a slower access time than physical memory.

Swap space can be a dedicated swap partition (recommended), a swap file, or a combination of swap partitions and swap files.

-Silver Fox

May 2nd, 2010, 04:13 PM
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May 2nd, 2010, 06:03 PM
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May 2nd, 2010, 07:16 PM
Same as Virtual Memory in Windows. A throw back to when computers only had on average a very small amount of memory due, to the price of the memory chips.