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    Default Create a RAMdisk and speed up your computer

    Microsoft doesn´t offer any RAMdisk programs anymore.

    But there are several other programs available, one that will give a very fast ramdisk is the one from Softperfect, and it´s FREE which of course also is a bonus....




    I have used it for about a year now and it´s working perfectly, I highly recommend it.

    I previously used another program, and I noticed an improved response after I switced to Softperpect´s ramdisk, my computer feels faster.

    Softperfect RAM Disk: https://www.softperfect.com/products/ramdisk/

    Softperfect Ramdisk Manual: https://www.softperfect.com/products/ramdisk/manual/

    Ramdisk performance test: http://www.overclock.net/t/1381131/r...up-and-testing

    Softperfects´s ramdisk was one of the fastest in that test, and it´s FREE...


    To speed up the computer put the tempfiles & browsercache on the ramdisk, it makes a BIG difference.

    When using the ramdisk primarily for the browsercache select FAT32 as the filesystem, because it gives better performance with a lot of small files.

    To avoid problems when installing new software only change the location of the tempfiles for the USER-account, not the ADMIN-account.

    Remember, always use a USER-account for "normal" work like surfing the web, only use the ADMIN-account when installing software or doing system maintenance.

    Because if the ramdisk isn´t big enough you might get problems, and installing some programs requires a restart,
    and they might also need access to the tempfiles after a restart.

    Remember, if you don´t save the ramdisk when shutting down / restarting, the tempfiles are gone after the restart.

    Keeping the tempfiles for the ADMIN-account at the default location (C:\users...) avoids that problem,
    because even if you are using a USER-account when you install new programs, it´s the ADMIN-account that is used during the installation.
    Remember the UAC-prompt asking for the ADMIN-password...?

    IMPORTANT: Make sure you have a working ramdisk before you change the location of the temp-files !

    If not then you will have problems...

    According to what i have read exFAT is the best (fastest) fileformat for a disk with a lot of small files like tempfiles and the browsercache.
    You can use exFAT as fileformat with a Softperfect ramdisk.
    But you will have to use a little trick...

    How to use exFAT as fileformat with a Softperfect ramdisk

    1. Image → Create Image
    2. You can not enter a filename directly in "Image File Name", you have to click on the yellow folder-icon,
    then navigate to the folder where you want to save the image, enter a filename and click Save.
    3. Select size
    4. Select RAW as filesystem (default)
    5. Click OK
    6. Image → Mount Image
    7. Select the imagefile you created and click Open
    8. Select drive-letter and click OK
    9. Open File Explorer, put the mouse-pointer on the drive, wait until it´s "greyed", right-click and select Format
    10. Select exFAT
    11. Image → Unmount Image, select the drive
    12. Click OK
    13. Disk → Add Boot Disk
    14. Select the imagefile
    15. Select drive-letter
    14. Click OK

    Next time you boot you will have a ramdisk formatted with exFAT.

    Note: there is no reboot required, you can start using it immediately, it´s activated when you select to use it as "Boot Disk".


    Move tempfiles


    Control panel → System → Advanced system settings.

    Move the browsercache

    Firefox / Pale Moon: open a new tab, enter “about:config”, enter “browser.homepage.directory”

    Opera: open a new tab, enter “opera:config#UserPrefs|CacheDirectory4”

    change the drive-letter to the ramdisk

    fx. “R:\Firefox”

    IE: Tools → Internet options → Browsing history → Settings → Move folder, select the ramdisk

    Google Chrome: right-click on the shortcut to Chrome → properties, in the target-window add “--disk-cache dir=”

    If you also want to specify the size: add” --disk-cache-size=XX”

    XX=size in MB

    Example: "E:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE CHROME\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --disk-cache-dir="R:\chrome" --disk-cache-size=100

    Note: I haven´t used Google Chrome for years so I don´t know if the instructions for it above are still correct.
    Last edited by hackerman1; 20th November 2015 at 16:24.
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    Good tutorial. Not many are aware of this.

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    got it all, downloaded EXE and manual [as complete web site], thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    got it all, downloaded EXE and manual [as complete web site], thanks!
    You are welcome.

    NOTE: Make sure you have a working ramdisk before you change the location of the temp-files !

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    If you have acres of RAM (e.g. 16GB and more), a RAMdisk can serve well. I have run virtual VMware Player partitions from it. That is really fast. But with 4GB or 6GB of RAM it makes little sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    If you have acres of RAM (e.g. 16GB and more), a RAMdisk can serve well. I have run virtual VMware Player partitions from it. That is really fast. But with 4GB or 6GB of RAM it makes little sense.
    Little sense ?
    You should know better...

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    Can you explain what sense a RAMdisk makes when you have 4GB of RAM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Can you explain what sense a RAMdisk makes when you have 4GB of RAM.
    Read my first post above....

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    To move some temp files and cache files does not do anything for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Can you explain what sense a RAMdisk makes when you have 4GB of RAM.
    Ramdisk was first introduced in systems that could not handle even 1GB of RAM. If I remember correctly, we used RAMDISK (MS DOS External command) to save files temporarily and then copy then to real HDD even before Windows 3.1 was introduced. That made a great difference then and it does make a significant difference now. Only that the official MS DOS command is no more to create a RAMDISK using CLI. These GUI programs creating RAMDISK also take up space in RAM but still, it processes much fast if you are working on - say peer to peer collaboration.

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