Tuesday, August 2, 2011

RAMDisk - Create a High Speed RAM Disk

RAMDisk enables you to create a fast performing RAM drive that runs entirely in your system memory. Once the RAM disk is mounted, it looks and behaves exactly like a regular drive. The difference is that the read and write speeds are more than 10 times faster than with your regular hard drive. You can use the RAM disk as a temporary storage container (any files will be wiped out after reboot) or mount it as a permanent drive that will maintain the content across reboot.

RAMDisk screenshot

Using a RAM disk can provide a great performance boost for programs with high disk activity, like database applications, compilers and even web browsers. You will notice a significant increase in page load times if you configure your browser to store the cache file on the RAM disk instead of on your hard drive.

You can configure the RAM disk to be up to 4GB in size, keep in mind though that the size of the RAM disk will be deducted from your available system memory - to use a 4GB RAM disk, your system should have at least 6-8 gigabytes of RAM. (A 300 mb RAM disk is more than sufficient to speed up your web browser).RAMDisk can create FAT/FAT32 and unformatted disks. If your system has enough memory to support a RAM disk larger than 4GB, you can purchase the professional version for only 10 bucks.

Displays a company ad when you start the configuration interface (which you normally don't have to do unless you make changes to your RAM disk).

Freeware Details

Publisher: DATARAM
Release date: May 21, 2011
OS: 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
File size: 3067 KB

*Info & image source: www.snapfile.com, memory.dataram.com

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