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Dataram Ramdisk

RAMDisk is a program that takes a portion of your system memory and uses it as a disk drive.

Create upto 4GB ramdisk .

Make sure you have 4GB or higher RAM before using Dataram.

Most users use RAMDisk to speed up applications like:

  •  Games
  •  Internet Explorer cache for faster web surfing
  •  Audio and Video editing
  •  CAD programs
  • Software compilers
  • Databases
  • Speeding up CD duplication
  • SETI processing
  • TEMP files
  • Swap space
  • Web server cache
  • Custom applications with high I/O, high bandwidth, or high security requirements

DOWNLOAD Dataram Ramdisk

Main Interface

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Create RAMDISK that will be backed up in hard disk and will be automatically loaded when system restarts

  • Enter the size of ramdisk in MegaBytes. Enter the Label for ramdisk.
  • Select location where ramdisk will be saved.
  • Click “Start RAMDisk“.

 

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  • Install the device driver

 

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Create Ramdisk that would not be saved in hard disk. The data in ramdisk will be deleted when system shutdown.

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Detailed documentation

 

Use free SoftPerfect Ramdisk software to create persistent ramdisk

SoftPerfect RAM Disk is a free high-performance RAM disk application that lets you have a disk on your computer entirely stored in its memory. As the memory is much faster than physical hard disks, storing temporary data on a fast in-memory disk achieves a higher performance. Whatever your job is, read on to find out what a RAM disk can offer you.

SoftPerfect RAM Disk creates a virtual disk residing in the computer RAM accessible in Windows Explorer and other applications, allowing you to store any temporary information on this disk. Furthermore, Windows can be configured to use the RAM disk for temporary files, so that the system and most applications would use the fast in-memory disk for their temporary data. As Windows and other third-party applications often create a large number of temporary files for a short time only, using a RAM disk will extend your hard disk’s life by sparing it from excessive reading and writing.

Key features of the RAM Disk:
  • Any number of RAM disks. In practice, up to 26 disks due to the number of drive letters available.
  • Any RAM disk size on 64-bit systems. Up to approximately 3.5 GB on 32-bit systems.
  • Persistent RAM disks with an associated on-disk image.
  • Volatile RAM disks whose content disappears on shutdown.
  • Built-in disk image manipulation tools.

Supported platforms

  • Windows XP /Vista/7/8.1/10 both 32-bit and 64-bit

DOWNLOAD SoftPerfect RAM Disk

ONLINE MANUAL

Ramdisk can be created of two types

  • Volatile –  The content of Ramdisk is lost when shutdown/restart happens
  • Persistent  –  The content of Ramdisk is saved into image file during shutdown and then loaded back into ramdisk from image file during bootup

Ramdisk created can be automatically mounted at

  • Boot up – The Ramdisk will be created during windows OS bootup
  • Logon – Ramdisk will be mounted during logon procedure

CREATE PERSISTENT RAMDISK WHICH WILL BE MOUNTED AT BOOT UP

  • To do so  first you have to create an image file on the hard disk which will be used to save data of ramdisk at shutdown and then to restore the data in ramdisk during computer startup.
  • To create the image file select “Image->Create Image.

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  • Click on folder icon as shown below

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  • Enter a name of Ramdisk image file. In this case, I am using “PERSISTENT RAMDISK AT BOOT
  • Click “Save

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  • Select the size of Ramdisk in MB. In this case, I am setting it to “1000 “MB
  • Select File System as “NTFS
  • Enter a Volume Label. In this case, I have set it to “PERSISTENT RAMDISK”
  • Click “OK

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  • Select “Disk -> Add Boot Disk

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  • Click on folder icon as shown below

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  • Select the Ramdisk image file previously created. In this case, I selected “PERSISTENT RAMDISK AT BOOT
  • Click “Open

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  • Select Drive Letter which will be used to mount the image file. In this case, it is “Y:
  • Tick “Save Contents to Image
  • Click “Advanced

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  • Tick “Save contents to associated image every, min” and set it to “30” minutes. If you are using Ramdisk of some critical work then you need to set it to 5 minutes or less.
  • Click “OK

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  • Click “OK

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  • As you can see below that Persistent Ramdisk of size 1000 MB mounted at “Y:” has been created

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SoftPerfect RAM Disk Tutorial

SoftPerfect RAM Disk is a free high-performance RAM disk application that lets you have a disk on your computer entirely stored in its memory. As the memory is much faster than physical hard disks, storing temporary data on a fast in-memory disk achieves a higher performance. Whatever your job is, read on to find out what a RAM disk can offer you.

SoftPerfect RAM Disk creates a virtual disk residing in the computer RAM accessible in Windows Explorer and other applications, allowing you to store any temporary information on this disk. Furthermore, Windows can be configured to use the RAM disk for temporary files, so that the system and most applications would use the fast in-memory disk for their temporary data. As Windows and other third-party applications often create a large number of temporary files for a short time only, using a RAM disk will extend your hard disk’s life by sparing it from excessive reading and writing.

Key features of the RAM Disk:
  • Any number of RAM disks. In practice, up to 26 disks due to the number of drive letters available.
  • Any RAM disk size on 64-bit systems. Up to approximately 3.5 GB on 32-bit systems.
  • Persistent RAM disks with an associated on-disk image.
  • Volatile RAM disks whose content disappears on shutdown.
  • Built-in disk image manipulation tools.

 

Supported platforms

  • Windows XP /Vista/7/8.1/10 both 32-bit and 64-bit

DOWNLOAD SoftPerfect RAM Disk

ONLINE MANUAL

  • This is the main interface of SoftPerfect RAMDisk.

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Ramdisk can be created of two types

  • Volatile –  The content of Ramdisk is lost when shutdown/restart happens
  • Persistent  –  The content of Ramdisk is saved into image file during shutdown and then loaded back into ramdisk from image file during bootup

Ramdisk created can be automatically mounted at

  • Boot up – The Ramdisk will be created during windows OS bootup
  • Logon – Ramdisk will be mounted during logon procedure

CREATE VOLATILE RAMDISK WHICH WILL BE MOUNTED DURING BOOT UP

  • Select “Disk->Add Boot Disk

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  • Size in MB lets you select the size of ramdisk.  Here I have set the size to 600 MB.
  • Under “Mount options is the drive letter. Here you can select the drive letter for ramdisk drive which will be mounted. Here I have set drive letter as “Y:
  • Tick “Mount as Removable
  • Under “File system” option lets you choose the file system of ramdisk. Select File system as  “NTFS
  • Click “Advanced” button

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  • Here you can customize the “Volume Label” of ramdisk drive. In this case “RAMDISK VOLATILE AT BOOT“.
  • Click “OK“.

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  • Click “OK” to create the volatile ramdisk

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  • As you can see below that a Volatile Ramdisk of size 600 MB & formatted as NTFS has been created mounted with drive letter “Y:”

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CREATE PERSISTENT RAMDISK WHICH WILL BE MOUNTED AT BOOT UP

  • To do so  first you have to create an image file on the hard disk which will be used to save data of ramdisk at shutdown and then to restore the data in ramdisk during computer startup.
  • To create the image file select “Image->Create Image.

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  • Click on folder icon as shown below

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  • Enter a name of Ramdisk image file. In this case, I am using “PERSISTENT RAMDISK AT BOOT
  • Click “Save

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  • Select the size of Ramdisk in MB. In this case, I am setting it to “1000 “MB
  • Select File System as “NTFS
  • Enter a Volume Label. In this case, I have set it to “PERSISTENT RAMDISK”
  • Click “OK

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  • Select “Disk -> Add Boot Disk

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  • Click on folder icon as shown below

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  • Select the Ramdisk image file previously created. In this case, I selected “PERSISTENT RAMDISK AT BOOT
  • Click “Open

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  • Select Drive Letter which will be used to mount the image file. In this case, it is “Y:
  • Tick “Save Contents to Image
  • Click “Advanced

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  • Tick “Save contents to associated image every, min” and set it to “30” minutes. If you are using Ramdisk of some critical work then you need to set it to 5 minutes or less.
  • Click “OK

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  • Click “OK

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  • As you can see below that Persistent Ramdisk of size 1000 MB mounted at “Y:” has been created

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CREATE A RAMDISK THAT WILL BE MANUALLY MOUNTED, SAVED AND UNMOUNTED

  • To create the image file in which ramdisk contents will be saved select “Image -> Create Image

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  • Click on folder icon as shown below

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  • Enter the name for Image file. In this case, it is “RAMDISK
  • Click “Save

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  • Select the size of the image file in MB, which will the size of Ramdisk. In this case, it is 1000 MB.
  • Select “File System” as “NTFS
  • Enter a Volume Label which will be the name of Ramdisk that will be mounted.  In this case, it is “RAMDISK 1
  • Click “OK

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  • To manually mount the image in Ramdisk select “Image -> Mount Image

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  • Click on folder icon as shown below

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  • Select the image file created previously. In this case, it is “RAMDISK.img
  • Click “Open

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  • Assign a drive letter on which the image file will be mounted as RAMDISK. In this case, it is “X:
  • Click “OK
  • Now Ramdisk will be mounted in drive letter X: which you can use for various purposes

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  • To save the content of Ramdisk into image file and Unmount the image file select “Image -> unmount Image

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  • Select the currently mounted image that you want to unmount
  • Click “OK

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  • If this dialog box shows up then click “Yes

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MANUALLY SAVE THE CONTENTS OF RAMDISK IN IMAGE FILE

  • When you change the contents of Mounted ramdisk then it may be saved automatically after a certain interval if you have done such settings.
  • Additionally, you can manually save the contents of ramdisk in image file by right-click on it and select “save to image

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Deleting the automounted image

  • If you want to delete the mounted Ramdisk then right-click on it and select “Delete
  • Note : The image file in the hard disk will not be deleted by this procedure. you need to manually delete the image file stored in the hard disk

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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

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  • 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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