Create a Dump file with pagefile on non boot partition..

The general advice in Windows is to place the paging file on the boot partition in order to get a crash dump file. Here is a snip from an older KB

“… However, if you remove the paging file from the boot partition, Windows cannot create a dump file (Memory.dmp) in which to write debugging information in the event that a kernel mode Stop Error message occurs. This could lead to extended downtime if you must debug to troubleshoot the Stop error message. “

 Little known, is that this not necessarily the case in XP ( given the right fix ) and Vista etc.

Here are the two supporting KB’s

XP  =

vista +


Very handy for those servers with bajillions of gigs of RAM and the OS on the boot partition (the partition that contains the operating system) which is 2 gigs.



Comments (3)

  1. Brandon says:

    Curious… I wonder if we can port this to 2003. We have 100s of Citrix servers where this could be very useful.

  2. SpatDSG says:

    You know the drill on that one Brandon 🙂

    Good luck sir.