Advice on swap size?

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by jfh3, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area


    Searched, but can't find a discussion on this ..

    Can anyone tell me what impact the swap size has on an upgraded drive?

    Is bigger better?

    (I know what swapping is in general for computers, but I don't know how Tivo uses it)

    More specifically, as the size of the target hard drive gets larger (e.g. 500GB, 750GB, 1TB), should the swap file size grow too?

    Thanks !
  2. windracer

    windracer joined the 10k club

    Jan 3, 2003
    St. Pete, FL
    From the MFSLive FAQ:

    edit: ah, I see you posted over in the MFSLive forums as well. :)
  3. ciper

    ciper Active Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    I can tell you with 100% confidence that 127mb of swap is not enough for 400gb of disk space. The GB/2000 method mentioned about seems to be the consensus but I went for a GB/1000 ratio to be safe.

    Think of the drive size you are using. Even setting up 1gb of swap is only a tiny percentage of your overall space so why skimp?

    What type of Tivo are you asking this question in regards to? Realize many of the early kernels do not support version 1 swap headers.
  4. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area
    The boxes I'm most interested in are the Tivo HD and Series 3.
  5. captain_video

    captain_video Member

    Feb 28, 2002


    The general concensus on swap size is 1MB for each 2GB of storage. Therefore, for a 500GB drive you'd want a 250MB swap file.

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