That is a rather odd thing to do since Microsoft writes this note about this: Note: There is no point in splitting up the paging file between multiple partitions as it does not increase the ability of the hard disk to access the paging file.
What they are telling you is that it DECREASES the ability.
This however is not the source of your troubles but does indicate that maybe, just maybe you are using some out of date methods or the machine at 7 years old is in need of repair.
HERE'S WHY -> Hard disks, CD/DVD drives and other parts are about 5 year designs. What parts can you get replaced?
I think I may be in over my head. I backed up all my data, and tried to reformat my hard drive and create a second partition for my paging file for virtual memory. My system is 7 years old, Gateway, originally configured with XP, Pent 4 processor, 512MB RAM, 80GB hard drive. I used the XP CD to go in and format the new partition. I reinstalled windows, the drivers, everything was going fine. I installed SP2. Then I tried to install SP3. Crash. BSOD. Stop error 0x00000077. Reboot, Cannot locate hard drive. Reinstalled drives. . . reinstalled windows - using quick format from the drivers CD that came with the system. Working again. SP2 showed it was already there. Tried updating the next 5 individual windows updates - not SP3. Stopped mid-installation. Reboot. Cannot locate hard drive. Rebooted from XP disk. Did full reformat of partitions, re-installed XP. Installed AVAST antivirus - did full scan. Nothing. Installed Wise registry cleaner - got 140 errors, fixed 136 safely. (Maybe the four that could not be fixed are going to be the answer?) Installed anti-spyware, only found cookies which were quarantined. Thought I was going to be okay. Today my partner tried to download adobe reader to look at a document and when the installation rebooted the computer - No hard disk found. He is asking me - it was working before wasn't it? What have you done? HELP.