In Windows 2000, the Pagefile defaults to RAM * 1.5, if RAM is less than 2 GB. If RAM is 2GB or more, the Pagefile defaults to 2GB.
If you require a larger Pagefile space, be aware that the largest Pagefile.sys is 4095MB.
You can create a Pagefile on every volume, so you can work around this limit.
If you don't have any extra volumes, you can create multiple pagefiles on a single volume,
by placing them in separate folders, such as c:\JSIPF1, C:\JSIPF2, ....., C:\JSIPFn.
To accomplish this:
1. Create the folders that you require.
2. Use Regedt32 to navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
3. Double-click the PagingFiles value name, a type REG_MULTI_SZ data type, in the right hand pane.
4. Replace the existing data value with:
c:\JSIPF1\pagefile.sys 4000 4000
c:\JSIPF2\pagefile.sys 0 4000
c:\JSIPF3\pagefile.sys 0 4000
5. Press OK.
6. Exit the Registry editor and restart your computer.
This is the only place where I recommend that the Initial and Maximum PageFile sizes be different.
The first Pagefile space should have the Initial and Maximum values the same, to avoid fragmentation.
The 2nd - nth Pagefile extents can have a 0 Initial value, if you only need the space some of the time. When the space is needed, the system will allocate it, until then, no additional space is used.
NOTE: If possible, add more RAM.