Firefox Cache Tweak Using Ramdisk

This tweak will definitely improve the browsing speed of Firefox browser.

Requirement

Windows XP  :   2 GB or more RAM installed

Windows 7/8.1  :   4 GB or more RAM installed

Windows 10  :   6 GB or more RAM installed

First you need to install a ramdisk software.

DOWNLOAD SoftPerfect Ramdisk

SoftPerfect RAMDisk manual  : https://www.softperfect.com/products/ramdisk/manual/

CREATE A PERSISTENT RAMDISK

  • Click “Image -> Create Image

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  • Click on folder icon as shown below

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  • Select a directory where you want to create the image file.
  • Give the image file a name as shown below
  • Click “Save

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  • Select size of image file ( Ramdisk ) . Here i set it to 800 MB. You can create a smaller or larger size RAMDISK depending on the size of installed RAM in your computer.
  • Select file system as “NTFS
  • Enter a volume label.  I am using “RAMDISK
  • Click “OK

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  • Click the “+” icon as shown below

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  • Click on folder icon as shown below

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  • Select the RAMDISK image file that you created earlier. In my case it is “WEB BROWSER RAMDISK.img”
  • Click “Open

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  • Select Drive letter that will be assigned to Ramdisk
  • Tick “Mount as Removable”
  • Tick “Save Contents to image
  • Click “Advanced” as shown below

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  • Tick “Save contents to associated image every, min
  • Set time to “30” min, as shown below.
  • Click “OK

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  • Click “OK

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  • As you can see below RAMDISK named Z: drive has been created

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Firefox Cache Tweak

Instruction:

  • Open up Firefox. In the address bar type about:config . Press Enter
  • Click the “I’ll be careful I promise button.

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  • Right click anywhere in the values in the lower portion of the screen and choose New -> String.

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  • Type in browser.cache.disk.parent_directory into the “Preference name”
  • Click OK.

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  • Type in “Z:\Firefox Cache” in the “string value” . Z: drive is the location of RAMDISK in my computer. You may have different ramdisk location. So you need to enter the location of ramdisk  .
  • Click OK.

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  • Right click on “Browser.cache.disk.capacity” and select “Modify“.

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  • Here you will enter the size of cache that Firefox will use in ramdisk.
  • Enter the size of Firefox cache in Kilobytes. It must be smaller than the size of Ramdisk so that firefox cache does not fill the whole ramdisk.
  • I created a Ramdisk of size 800MB. So i want the Firefox cache size of 600 MB = 614400 KB.
  • Click “OK

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  • Restart Firefox.
  • That’s it. Now all browser cache from Firefox will go to the RamDrive.

Internet Explorer Cache Tweak

Instruction:

  • Open “Control Panel-> Internet Options“.
  • On the General tab click “Settings” under “Browsing history

Internet-options-in-windows 8

  • Windows 10 user will have to click “Settings” as shown below under “Browsing history”

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  • Set the “Disk space to use” to 600 MB . You can set the internet explorer temporary internet files size more or less than 600 MB depending on the size of RAM installed in the computer.
  • Click “Move Folder

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  • Select the RAMDISK drive. In my case it is Z: drive.
  • Click “OK

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  • Click “OK

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  • If the dialog box in shown then click “Yes

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