RAMDisk 3.5.130 RC 18

RAMDisk is the right product for you if you have a disk I/O bound application that is small enough to fit in main memory. RAMDisk is also great for storing frequently accessed data such as temp files, page files and database index files. RAMDisk is freeware up to 4GB disk sizes.

  • Speed up Internet page load times
  • Control what files and programs are stored into memory (loaded at boot time)
  • Create temporary disks for added security
  • Speed up disk-to-disk activities such as video encryption and audio ripping
  • Accelerate databases
  • Reduce compile times

Download: RAMDisk 3.5.130 RC 18 | 3 MB (Freeware)
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D: = HDD
E: = RAMDisk

Logon:
XCOPY D:\Backups\Portable\Firefox\*.* E:\Portable\Firefox\ /E /Y /C /H /R
XCOPY D:\Backups\Portable\Chrome\*.* E:\Portable\Chrome\ /E /Y /C /H /R

Logoff:
XCOPY E:\Portable\Firefox\*.* D:\Backups\Portable\Firefox\ /E /Y /C /H /R /D /M
XCOPY E:\Portable\Chrome\*.* D:\Backups\Portable\Chrome\ /E /Y /C /H /R /D /M

I have 12GB of Ram and I'm using a 1.5GB RamDisk (Dataram Ramdisk) for my Windows "temp" folder and Firefox Portable / Chrome Portable (and its cache folder). Really useful and fast! It reduces the wear on my SSD (4 x X25-M RAID-0) and gives extreme performance when browsing, launching Firefox/Chrome, etc.

I have a small script that copies Firefox/Chrome from my HDD to my RAMDisk when Windows loads, and another script that copies back Firefox/Chrome from my RAMDisk to my HDD when Windows shuts down. Neat

myxomatosis said,

I have a small script that copies Firefox/Chrome from my HDD to my RAMDisk when Windows loads, and another script that copies back Firefox/Chrome from my RAMDisk to my HDD when Windows shuts down. Neat

I'm not sure about Chrome, but Firefox has the option to cache to ram directly build in, just needs to be enabled, no need for a ramdisk for that purpose.

I tried the previous version of this RAMDisk application (a couple of weeks ago), and i have to say that the performance of a RAM disk is HUGE: i copied a video file from a NAS storage to the ramdisk and played it from there, jumping around the timeline in the video is INSTANT and FAST, benchmark of read/write are gigs per second (as expected from the RAM)

BUT

it all worked till i rebooted, when Windows 7 x64 gave me the BSOD, i had to use the last known configuration, to uninstall RAMDisk....

RAMdisk has some benefits if you have lots of RAM, especially if you have an SSD. Allows you to move temporary folders and caches to the RAMdisk reducing writes to the SSD. You can configure it to save contents to image, so it becomes persistant. Using that options add a lot to boot/shutdown time though (unless you use sleep instead).

I used RamDisk for the Mac back in the late eighties and early nineties. With four megs of ram I could load the OS into RamDisk (took about 650 KB of ram) then load all the key programs into RamDisk and even on an 8 MB system it would fly. It might be interesting to see how this works in today's system.

RAMDisk's used to be awesome in the AMiGA days. They had persistant RAM disks, so you could store your OS in RAM and reboot and your system would be up and running in a few seconds as now the OS didn't need to load from HDD

This is back in 1991 so how advanced were AMiGA's? Dayum ADVANCED!!!!

There seems to be two camps on the matter of whether using RAMDisks are good are bad. What is the low down?!