iMac, SSD and Virtual Memory

Discussion in 'iMac' started by wrow, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. wrow macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2010
    I have an 40 GB SSD installed on my 2010 iMac 27" with a 2TB HDD hosting the users folder. I was running Transmission and encoding a DVD when I was told that I am out of Virtual Memory and must restart.

    My question is: will using the SSD for Virtual Memory affect its performance down the line (as they should not be written to too much.) If so, how can I change my virtual memory storage location? *Xupport didn't work.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. wirelessness macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    From what I understand OSX will not write to the memory file unless you use up your available physical memory. One option might be to add more memory and there are several threads around here with users advocating moving the virtual memory file location to an HHD or (gasp) removing the function altogether. The later option seems a bit drastic to me as the system will likely freeze if the physical memory buffer is exceeded with no virtual memory made available.

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