Swapping way to often.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Reelknead1, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Reelknead1 macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2009
    I have a 15 i7 with 4gb of ram. I can't seem to make it through my normal day which is nothing intensive except maybe 1 or 2 compressions in handbrake without running out of RAM and swapping off my SSD.

    I switched off safari and went to chrome which has helped a bit. Currently i have 713mb free but for some reason my computer is still swapping 9mb off the sdd, why does it insist on using my SSD. I don't see any speed difference when it starts to swap which is great but its going to kill the SSD overtime with all these writes.

    Any ideas on why this would be doing it? Anyone else having this issue.

    Programs running for a day:
    Chrome - 5 to 10 tabs
    Safari - sometimes but only 1 or 2 tabs
    Itunes - open but not always playing
    Pandora - through chrome
    handbrake - once and a while compressing something

    I'm I being unreasonable to think that 4gb of ram would be alright for this many programs. I used to have a g4 with 2gb running leopard and never had an issue like this.
  2. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    How often do you restart your web browsers. If you don't close them for a while, they can start to be massive ram hogs. ie. safari can start using gbs of ram if you don't shut it down and restart.
  3. Reelknead1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2009
    I'm talking about turning it on in the morning and using safari or chrome through out the day. Having to restart the entire computer by 11pm, due to sometimes as much as 128mb swap off the SSD. There usually is half my ram, almost 2gb in the inactive section but never seems to do anything about it. When i check that section in activity monitor there is nothing that stands out either. :confused:
  4. Acasha macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2010
    I have a similar question but don't want to start a new thread... Just how much swap should you tolerate before needing an upgrade?
  5. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    Really? 9mbs? 128mbs?

    Worry if it's above say 512mbs..
  6. CW Jones macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2009
    Psh 9mb? That's nothing, I have seen swap up into GB's!!! Your really not at a point of "needing" to upgrade RAM but you could if you had the extra $200 to blow. Also from what my friend says, swapping off a SSD is "better" than of a HDD.
  7. Reelknead1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2009

    Its only better in the fact that it doesn't slow the computer down as much as if you had a conventional hard drive. But swapping is not a good thing for an SSD because of all the writes that the drive has to make.
  8. Sankersizzle macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2010
    are SSD's really this fragile? The hard drive in my parents 2003 Dell Inspiron 1100 is still steaming away, I kind of expected an SSD to last longer.
  9. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    SSDs aren't fragile. The cells they have do a limited number of writes available (sort of like the MTBF for HDD) but depending on the vendor and type (mlc, enterprise mlc, slc (good better best)) , and many chipsets integrate wear leveling at the hardware level to mitigate this.

    But we still don't have TRIM :/

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