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Move swap to another partition, revisited again
Authored by: andrewz on Aug 26, '05 09:19:42AM
I've got a PowerBook with Mac OS X 10.4.2, with partitions for the operating system (10 GB), media (30 GB), and a small spare partition for Panther/Classic (3 GB). The boot partition got so full and fragmented that virtual memory swapping just brought the computer to its knees. Switching users took like 30 seconds.

I decided that the 3 GB partition would serve better as a swap parition, since I never really need to boot into Panther or Classic anymore. (I burned a DVD of the partition first, so it'll be easy to get back if I want to.)

I tried Bombich's method because it looked the simplest and comments above suggested that it worked fine on Tiger. I can confirm that it works great. Just to be safe, I tried the first time with the "mount -a" command and it worked right off the bat.

The difference is like night and day. I was getting ready to buy a new computer because mine had become so slow, but this simple change has restored the speed that the computer had when it was new!

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