I'm not really aware of what putting your swap file in its own partition does...(I guess it keeps it from corrupting and makes it faster?, and I have no clue how to do this...could you please explain the process and benefits? That would be great. =).
Well normally windows just manages the swap file on it's own. It adjusts the size on the fly to whatever it needs. the main problem is this causes swap fragmentation and there's the lag time of resizing...
By giving yourself a dedicated swap partition and setting a fixed size you remove the needs for the OS to resize, there is no fragmentation becuase it's always there and always the same size, plus one extra benfit is there is a tiny speed boost since the swap file is at the begining of the drive where there is a little bit of speed improvement.
Control panel -> system -> advanced tab -> performance settings -> advanced tab -> virtual memory change button
1) select your swap drive -> choose custom size -> set the initial and maximum size to the space availble (or 200mb less than available to keep the low disk space warning from bothering you if you don't disable it)
2) select your OS partition -> chose custom size -> set the intital to 2mb and the maximum to 1024mb or some other size. Just for safety I leave it so there is a swap file on the os partition should something kill the dedicated one. While it's tempting to set to to system manages size windows ends up making it like half the amount of ram you have regardless of the fact that you already have a 2 gig swap file preset! where as if you give it a preset size it will only make that little 2mb swap file.
3) select any other drives and set to no paging file
4) click ok and exit out. it'll make you restart windows so let it
P.S. turn off the system restore monitoring on the swap drive too!
If I made an OS/App Partition like you did, its probably good to put my games on their as well? Or give them their own partition...I only usually have around 5-7 games installed.
I just install everything to the os/app partition, games included. when you want to blow out the system you usually want to get rid of everything anyways so it's just easier. Just remember to back up any saved games, email, my document folders, etc first!!!!