Faster Than an SSD: How to Turn Extra Memory Into a RAM Disk

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How to Install a RAM Disk on Your PC

Whether you have a hard drive or an SSD, your computer's RAM is its fastest storage medium by a wide margin. If you have more than 4GB of memory, you can turn this speed to your advantage, turning some of it into a small RAM Disk. This disk will appear to Windows as a fully-functional storage drive that's ready to hold your most frequently-used applications and launch them as much as twice as fast. 

What You Need

  1. 6 or More GB of RAM:While you can use a RAM disk with any amount of memory in your system, we don't recommend that you create one if you have 4GB or less. Whatever amount of memory you assign to the disk will be unavailable to the OS and, since 4GB is the minimum standard these days, you really need 6GB or more to have both a RAM disk and a reasonable amount of system memory available.

    Fortunately, if your computer takes DDR3 RAM -- the standard type for more then 4 years -- upgrading will be very inexpensive. An 8GB DDR3 kit (2 x 4GB) for notebooks costs less than $40 these days, but RAM that follows the older DDR2 standard is more expensive. If you don't know which kind of RAM your computer needs,  use an online memory finder tool to find out. 

  2. 64-bit Windows: To support more than 4GB of RAM in any PC, you need to be running a 64-bit version of Windows. Fortunately, most mid-range and higher Windows 7 computers sold in the past few years come with Windows 7 64-bit, even if they have only 3 or 4GB of memory preinstalled. If you don't know whether your Windows is 64-bit, simply right click on the Computer icon and select properties.
    Windows System Info
  3. RAM Disk Software: In addition to having enough RAM ,you need a piece of software that will create your RAM disk. There are a number of applications to choose from, but we'll use the free version of DataRAM's RAMDisk, because it's easy to set up and supports up t0 4GB of storage space. A $18.99 paid version lets you create RAM disks larger than 4GB.

Setting Up Your RAM Disk

  1. Install DataRAM RAMDisk. Just click next and "I agree" at the various prompts. There are no settings to configure during the install.
    RamDisk Install
  2. Launch RamDisk Configuration Utility from the Start Menu
    Launch RamDisk Configuration Utility
  3. Set the RAMDisk Size and Type under the settings tab. Since the size is set in megabyte, you'll need to set it to 4092MB if you want a 4GB RAM Disk or 2046MB for a 2GB RAM Disk. Set the type to "unformatted." 
    Configure the Size and Type of Your RAM Disk
  4. Enable Load Disk Image at Startup under the Load and Save tab. This will store the contents of your RAM disk on your hard or solid state drive so that they can reappear every time you power on your machine.
    Enable Load Disk Image at Startup
  5. Configure the Save Image Settings. Enable Save Disk Image on Shutdown if you want the system to automatically save changes to your RAM Disk's image file when you shut your computer down . You can also enable AutoSave, which will automatically write any changes to your image file on a regular basis (default is every 300 seconds).

    Save Disk Image at Shutdown

    Though both of these settings make it easy to keep the image file in sync with the content, they can also slow your computer down. When we tried creating a 4GB RAM Disk on a notebook with a 7,200-rpm hard drive, the computer took several minutes to shut down, because it was saving the 4GB file.  However, when we switched the hard drive for an SSD, the same notebook took a more reasonable 54 seconds to shut down. So experiment on your system before deciding.

    Fortunately, if you use your RAM disk to hold applications, you don't need to resave the image file on a regular basis. When you install or update an application, you can manually save the image file by hitting the Save Image Now button under the Load and Save tab in the RamDisk configuration utility.
    Save Disk Image Now

  6. Click Start RAMDisk.
    Start RAMDisk 
  7. Click Install if you get a dialog box asking you whether you want to add a driver.
    Install driver
  8. Click Format  if asked to format the new disk. If the program doesn't prompt you, locate the new drive letter in explorer and right click to Format.
    Format Disk 
  9. Select NTFS as the file system , give your drive a label and click Format disk.
    Format as NTFS 

Your RAM disk will now be ready for you to install software on it. Make sure that, when installing programs you want to live on the disk, you select its drive letter rather than C:. You may also want to create a Program Files directory on the RAM disk to keep things organized. 

How Much Faster is a RAM Disk?

To find out just how much speed benefit you get from a RAM Disk, we created a 4GB disk on an Ivy Bridge-powered Windows 7 notebook with a 750GB 7,20- rpm hard drive and 8GB of RAM. When we ran CrystalDiskMark, a synthetic benchmark that measures raw transfer rates, the  speed difference was dramatic. Sequential read speeds were about 50x faster on the RAM Disk while writes were a whopping 70x faster, going from 109.3 MBps to 7,760 MBps. Even when compared to a speedy Kingston HyperX SH100S3 SSD, the RAM disk read 11 or 12x faster and wrote about 20x faster.

RAM Disk Speed

In real life, these speedy transfer speeds result in much faster application opens. To see the difference, we loaded four popular applications -- Adobe Reader, Excel 2010, Photoshop CS 5.1 and Word 2010 -- onto the hard drive, timed their open times and then installed them on the RAM Disk instead. We then applied the same tests, using a speedy Kingston HyperX SH100S3 SSD instead of a hard drive in the same notebook.

Because most applications leave at least some of their files in a variety of folders on the C drive by default (ex: C:\Program Files\Common Files) none of these applications loaded completely from memory, even after we installed them to the RAM Disk. Because part of the software, at least in our tests, remained on the storage drive, pairing the RAMDisk with an SSD proved the fastest option. However, even with the hard drive, the difference in launch times with the RAM disk was dramatic.

If you use applications that don't write to any folder but C:\Program Files or if you're able to move the entirety of your C:\Program Files\Common Files folder and your C:\Users folder over to the RAM Disk, you'll achieve maximum performance with any storage drive as everything will load from RAM. However, on a typical PC the Users and Common  folders are so huge that you'd need a lot more than 4GB of available RAM Disk space to house them. 

As you can see in the chart, using the RAM Disk with the hard drive cut load times in half. However, the SSD alone was noticeably faster than the HDD + RAM Disk combo in some cases, particularly when loading the heavy Photoshop CS 5.1 application. Considering that buying additional RAM is a lot cheaper than upgrading to SSD, many users may find the RAM Disk a cheaper option.

If you can possibly afford it, the combination of SSD with RAM Disk is simply unbeatable. With the two together, we were able to load Word 2010 in a mere .4 seconds, Photoshop with a giant TIF in just 4.8 seconds and Excel with a huge spreadsheet in just 1.9 seconds. 

Application HDD Only (sec) HDD / RAM Disk (sec) SSD Only (sec) SSD w/ RAM Disk (sec)
Adobe Reader 10 (opening to large PDF) 7 3.6 3.5  3.1 
Excel 2010 (opening to large spreadsheet) 10  4.1 3.7 1.9
Photoshop CS 5.1 (opening to 400MB TIF) 22.1 9.7 5.5 4.8
Word 2010 3.1  1.6 0.8 0.4
Author Bio
Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  • janny Says:

    You shared few steps with us and I want to say that these steps really worked properly and easily converted extra memory into a RAM disk. Thanks for posting this type of info.

  • JDough Says:

    Excellent and well written info, to state the least.
    Since "brain dead," is the NU requirement for computer manufactures, now a days, they heir designers to build their brand with the least amount of RAM and the Least amount of ROM / OS storage.
    SO rather than putting in a great amount of RAM in their "base" units they put in 2GB to 4GB when, in the real world, uses NEED at least 8GB and up to play video makers and screen recorders etc, etc in this "social" world.
    So THANK you very much for the, "much needed" info, and "how to" do what is really needed now.
    MO RAM! and MO Storage rather than the "norm" of less of everything except PRICE!

  • SteveB Says:

    There is lots of confusion about the '4Gb limit' in 32bit Windows. Yes, your MICROSOFT LICENCE linits (most) 32bit Windows to 4Gb ADDRESS SPACE or less (which, after you deduct i/o mapped space, means you get about 3.25Gb RAM). 32bit Widows XP SERVER is NOT LIMITED to 4Gb = I know, I have worked on 32bit Server 2003 systems with 16Gb RAM ... OK, so Intel motherboard chipsets on older PC's would not address beyond 4Gb (so, even though the CPU can address 64Gb the 'unused' RAM that had to be mapped out for i/o space could not be 'recovered' on those PC's) whihc is (perhaps) why many people even today have the (mistaken) belief that 32bit Widows has a 'physical' limit = however most motherboards less than about 10 years have Intel chipsets that DO ALLOW addressing beyond 4Gb .. and in those circumstances a 3rd party app. not limited by MS Licencing could (and does) allow access beyond the 4Gb 'limit' == again, I know, I run Windows XP Pro on a motherboard with 12Gb of RAM and use the DataRAM RAMDisk driver to get access to the top 8Gb. Finally, if you make your 32 bit application "LARGE ADDRESS AWARE" (by flipping a bit in it's .exe header = go Google it) it can address 4Gb .. if you leave Windows 'default' RAM split (2Gb for your applications, the rest for the system) when the app. tries to address RAM beyond it's 'allowed' 2Gb, it will be given 2Gb of swap file space (so put your swap file on RAM disk and you have a 32bit app. that can use 4Gb of RAM ...). Finally, use your RAM disk for source, temp and destination during VIDEO EDITS (with your LARGE ADDRESS AWARE edit software) and you can work with multi-Gb sized movies rather faster than you might expect (again, I know, I do this ..). I would also suggest that if you wish to edit DVD movies (4Gb+) on a 64bit system with 24Gb RAM, the 'best' split would be 8Gb for Windows, 16Gb for RAM disk (and movie).

  • Jan Girke Says:

    Anybody knows a caching software that makes chosen files and directories resident in memory?
    Is supercache doing that?

  • mike c Says:

    yes looks good, but we need a program that will autoload designated programs into the ram disk at startup

  • Wan Says:

    Thanks for the article man. I'm a techie from the DOS days so this was super freaky easy to follow. SSD+RAM disk 4tehwin!

  • lara Says:

    help me sir

  • archie Says:

    This article and most comments need some serious editing.

    My 32 bits Xp box has been managing 24 gb of memory for the last 4 years with no swap on hard disk or SSD. 32 bits Windows is doing a great job at handling memory needs above 3 GB thanks to its Vmemory management. Its real shortcoming would rather be the 2GB (3GB with a switch) per app limit.

    Pagefile on SSD is a call for quickly killing the drive while swapping from hard disk will render the machine sluggish.

    No pagefile at all will be oK until you run out of memory or launch a program that demands a swap file.

    Systems with 32 bits memory management actually use 36 bits memory addressing and can definitely create multi GB ram disks for swap and temp folders.

    Swap to ram drive increases security, specially in the case of secure or encrypted systems, in that the pagefile content can't be retrieved a few seconds after power off. Obviously, this goes for temp folders too, browser cache and such files, potentially threatening to security or privacy. What's the point in proudly using your shiny INtel cpu with AES NI when the key can be recovered from swap?

    Typical 3 ch memory has bandwidth in excess of 20GB/s nowadays. With Ramdisk driver overhead, this is still 10GB+. Has been on my system for 4 years. Performance with ram disks is certainly no thing of the past.

  • Clint Says:

    Magma- Sure it's a bit late, but I just stumbled on this article. For anyone else wondering about your question: Yes.
    Whichever popular OS you're using, you already have HDD space being used as substitute/fake/virtual RAM. In Windows it's called the pagefile, and in *nix it's called swap. There is a huge downside in that your HDD (even an SDD) is significantly slower than RAM.

  • Clint Says:

    Is there any proof to backup Jakob's claim that this application can surpass the addressable memory limitations of 32-bit architecture?
    I get it that any 32-bit OS can, at most, access 4096MB of RAM; that is not in dispute.
    So, does this RAMDisk program address memory outside the operating system's scope? If so, how? That seems like something only accomplished via operating at a lower layer than the OS (e.g. hypervisor) rather than an application running within the 32-bit environment.

  • Yesenia Says:

    This is a really great article. I am happy I came across it. However, I do have a question for you. I currently have a desktop and it is MAXED out on RAM the most it can handle or accept is 8GB. It's starting to slow but I am attached to the thing and dont want to get rid of it. 1. When I create a RAM Disk of 4GB will that take priority over my 8GB? or will it add to it giving me a total of 12GB?

  • hardkore007 Says:

    I'm late to this party, but I noticed your math for memory allocation is off. You're correct that this isn't a base-10 operation, but for base-2 math, it goes 2, 4...256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, etc. You were off by 2MB (@2GB) and then off by 4MB (@4GB). Any reason you claim to use 4092 and not 4096? Thank you.

  • Magma Says:

    Just remember, that this actually uses the RAM from your ram sticks you have. it does not give you more ram. it uses the ones you already have and uses it as a hardrive.

    Im looking for something that would let me use my Hardrive space as more ram, but not using it from the actual ram sticks.

  • Anwar Ben Tanfous Says:

    If you probably used Hardlinks of the folder into program files and moved them folder to the Ramdisk it will ensure that your are going to have the maximum speed in every soft... and I guess they will work without problem ( I didn't test it myself right now )

    Anyway thank you for sharing your benchmarks :)

  • pw8888 Says:

    Why do people keep mentioning putting page file into ram disk. Modern operating systems pretty much removed the need for RAMdisk like Greg mentioned. Eric's examples are the only reasons that I would personally use RAMdisk (especially for tmp files, you get the quick install/load times and not having to worry to clean them up afterwards). Only thing RAMdisk does is allow you to manually controlling what you want to place in RAM, which if you use a lot, the OS tends to do it for you anyways.

    Only time I would find RAMdisk useful is if you already maxed out your RAM slots and get an adapter card where you can populate it wtih RAM and use it as a RAMdisk that way. But to use your motherboard slots for a ramdisk is just redundant. Everything has to load from a hard drive anyways.

  • Greg Says:

    A page file is stuff your computer wants to put in RAM but doesn't have enough ram to store. Putting a paging file on a ram drive is extremely counter productive. Double overhead for no gain.

    You want to use a ram drive for a specific application generally so your computer doesn't have to resort to pulling data off your hard drive.

    It can be good for reducing load times for games or large programs like CAD or excel etc.

  • DrZzzz Says:

    I've tried moving the pagefile to a Ramdisk. If you save the ramdisk to an image file when you shut down, it takes a long time, same to reload it when you re-start. If you don't save it to an image file, the OS goes nuts when you boot up because the ramdisk hasn't been created until after the OS starts, so can't find the pagefile and creates a new one on the C: drive.
    If you move all of the system TEMP/TMP files to the ramdisk and don't save/load an image from the HDD, many programs that require a reboot during installation will not install properly because they store the files to complete installation in the TEMP/TMP directories (which, again, won't be there unless saved to an image file - but even then, the Ramdisk isn't there until after the OS starts up).

    So, I'm still looking for good uses for a ramdisk. WHy? Because, for hardware compatibility reasons, I use Win7 32-bit with 4-gig memory limits. I have 6Gig of memory, and Dataram ramdisk lets me use that extra 2 gigs of "phantom" memory for a ramdisk. But saving/reloading a 2-gig image isn't worth the time & hassle.

    Any other convenient uses for that extra volatile memory would be welcome.

  • Mike994 Says:

    Whilst thinking of a new pc in the coming months, appreciate experts to comment on the use of 32GB RAM.

    Purpose: video and Photoshop, but also running vmware at regular intervals.
    Of course I will be having a SSD. Considering to even take 2, set them to RAID,0 on the Intel ICH10R, which currently supporting TRIM.
    Of couse x64 and Z77

    @Eric K Holbrook - I am not sure whether Windows will load it's pagefile and temp entirely into RAM at startup...
    (I cannot judge this myself, I donot have this much RAM right now. I just have 8GB and I know that vmware - is swapping very very heavily, when loading 2 vm's, it may well take 10-15 minutes before something is happening, so you'll never load 2 vm's. One vm is already heavily taxing my pc, admittedly no SSD)

  • Denton Says:

    Ram disk is a flash back to 30 years ago... Modern system with plenty of ram do not need the ram disk, because the system utilizes the ram to cache apps you load... I use AutoCAD. The first load comes from the hard drive. If I close it, and load again, it will be much faster! In the mid 1980's, in DOS, I used an 8-bit AutoCAD which had to bust the program into separate "overlays" to not go over its system memory limit. I would setup a ramdisk in the config.sys config file, and in the autoexec.bat, I would copy all the overlays into my ramdisk. Ram was ~ $50 per MEG then, but this made a tremendous difference. In the late '80s (I think) AutoCAD 10 came out with a 32bit version and we quit doing all the tweaking. Although on windows for workgroups 3.11 I would setup a large disk cache if the machine had more than 32MEG ram. wfw 3.11 was 16 bit and didn't support more than 32 meg ram. The golden thing to find would be a disk caching software that loads pre-windows. Bios level! If you could allocate 8 or 16 gig of fast ram to cache your sata controller, small writes would be instant, and reads would automatically read-ahead a little so the next read might be in cache...

  • Jakob Says:

    People are saying that 32-bit windows should probably not have a ram disk, because it does not support more than 4GB of ram. Some ram-disk software can acesess "phantom" ram, meaning if you have 16GB in a computer wich runs 32 bit windows, you can use that extra ram as a ramdisk.

  • c Says:

    if i have sufficient RAM, say 32GB, then why would i need a ram disk? i mean, RAM = ram disk, yes? ram is ram, correct? am i not just adding another layer of overhead and actually slowing things down? please explain. i don't have clarity on this subject. thanks.

  • mike Says:

    Evan Richardson, you’re totally wrong, and “starvinmarvin” is totally correct. Your link qualifies starvinmarvin’s claim. Windows supports ONLY 4GB on a 32 bit system. X86 means 32-bit. You need to understand terms and documentation in the links you cite before you claim that someone is totally wrong. In this case, you are totally wrong. READ YOUR LINK'S DOCUMENTATION AGAIN! Only this time look under the x86 column for 32-bit systems.

  • ubuntuer Says:

    thought i would give this a try . // i did and it slowed my system down in most areas some stayed the same in some . system is amd x4 965 3.4 ghz /, superssonic 128 gb gold ssd / asrock 880gm-le fx motherboard //asus engy 550ti dc/di 1 gb dda5 / and kingston hyper X 2x4 gb of 1866 ram / asus cd/dvd the powerpack a power 680 watt all inside a haf 912 with added side window
    in truth i think this would work good on old pc / laptops . just not newer build.

  • Viking2121 Says:

    I use ASRock Xfast RAM, Its pretty much the same as this, but with a better looking interface. I have 16GB or RAM and will never use all of it for what I do, But some programs will in fact use page file, or well require it anyway. So why not make a RAM disk and place the page file on there and temp/Cache files from say Google Chrom or Firefox on it, I made a 6GB RAM disk so the leave me with 10GB RAM to play with and nothing will ever use even that on my PC anyway. I can still run 3 instances of Aion along with web browser and be using way less then even 8GB of RAM. Only thing thing that maybe can use that much would be Sony Vegas, But my recorded game play is always less then 15min (Youtube limit) so it wont use even 6GB of my ram, by the time is uses that much is when the rendering is done.

    I would only recommend putting Page file on a RAM disk if you got some insane amount of ram and have nothing to use it, Xfast RAM from ASRock allows cache on the RAM disk so even just a small 1GB RAM disk for that would be fine.

    8GB or less keep page filing on the HDD, or even a SSD since it isn't going to use Page filing much anyway, most programs the say they do need it really doesn't, they recommend it but probably wont even use it.

  • Eric K Holbrook Says:

    One or two points the article misses (or I didn't see), was that let's assume you put some apps onto a ramdisk. Each time the computer boots up, its got to load that RAMdisk image from the HD. So you're somewhat defeating the purpose.

    Ok, but assuming you have tons of RAM, 16 gigs. And your purpose is to keep the computer on, reboot like every week or so. The RAM disk loads all those apps and then is nice and fast for those apps. Fine. BUT, IF you have that much RAM, and you've started those apps already at least once, windows is already caching them. There's no need to put them on a RAM disk really. In effect, what you'll be doing is (a) storing them in RAM and (b) Caching them to RAM because windows is already doing so. So you're now using twice as much RAM to do the same thing.

    The way windows works is when it loads/starts up, tons and tons of stuff is first loaded from HD and then stored in a cache in RAM thinking it may be needed. If you open Photoshop, then close it. Open it again and see how fast it loads. Ditto any application. Right now I have 16gigs of RAM, but 5gigs is being "cached", ready and waiting. I have a browser open and nothing else. That means windows has put aside things I've been using alot today for quick immediate callup when needed. There's no need exactly for a RAM disk of stuff I may (or may not) use today or in the next 20 minutes.

    The one area RAM disks make alot of sense (to a point) is for the swap file and for TMP/TEMP environment variables. Temp files are files that clutter up the HD after web surfing, opening an image in photoshop and doing edits, or many other apps. They put their 'working garbage' in temp locations while you're using the application. (Poser, the 3D figure app uses boatloads of temp files while you're working on a scene).

    The PROBLEM is, an application like Poser, photoshop, and others is not just happy with 1 or 2 gigs of temp storeage. Thus if you create a 2 or 3 gig RAMdisk for this temp stuff, the application may choke.

    So what I have done is leave my RAM alone. Windows will handle the caching. But I've created a 40 gig partition exclusively to hold (a) swap file and (b) all my temp environment variables.

    This has the main benefit of keeping my main C drive clean of clutter (or at least common clutter). And Allowing my swap file the do whatever it has to do but away from my main drive.

    RAMDisk? yeah, the theory is nice, but in practice, assuming you have (more than enough) RAM, you don't need one. Your OS is already putting stuff it needs to make it faster in RAM.

  • Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director Says:

    @Luis, Their subfolders under Program files were copied to RAM disk. However, any common files remained on the primary drive.

  • Luis Says:

    Hi , it's not clear as to what "portion" you moved to the RAM disk when installed these programs,

    — Adobe Reader, Excel 2010, Photoshop CS 5.1 and Word 2010 —


  • JB Says:

    Can I move my Windows cache file to a RAM DISK?

  • Snake Says:

    I wonder how long it will be until we start seeing new motherboard designs with different bus types and compatible SSDs, that will be able to hit these kinds of speeds. Anyone know off-hand what speeds the memory on an SSD is capable of without the interface bottleneck?

  • s.p. Says:

    You MAY get faster speeds (personally tested with need for speed the run, and no real benefit), but how long or how much time is wasted populating ramdrive each time ?

  • eD Says:

    Can this be used with hybrid drive technology? that would seem to me to be the best option. Windows would manage the files (which and updates) and as it would be stored on the HD as well if the contents were lost on reboot it would not matter.

  • peter Says:

    one big issue is if you ever need to har reboot. (hold down power button) Then everything volitile on the RAM disk is GONE. I do not recommend using this for Adobe CS scratch disks for example. Could lose all your work. That said, if your system is bulletproof, it is a great thing. I run Sony Vegas and Adobe Premire in my 8GIG RAM disk and they scream.

  • james braselton Says:

    hi there macbook air 256 gb sssd fast ps3 slow hdd i dont even play ps3 any more thats why i play wii u wii 4 gb ssd xbox 360 next gen xbox specs having veloci-raptor 10,000 rpm hard drive

  • james braselton Says:

    be great for gamming faster is better for hard core gamming

  • phrow01 Says:

    hmmm that gets me thinking ...... ram disk + hddd cashing ????? hmmmmm

  • Onihikage Says:

    I tried ramdisk a while ago, to run my web browsers. Oddly enough, they didn't load any faster, and would actually freeze for several seconds every few minutes, so I uninstalled. No idea why...maybe because I'm using a slow HDD for the ramdisk image instead of an SSD?

  • Lloyd Summers Says:

    @Benjie Or, he could just press delete. ;)

    @Avram Piltch, great article - looks well thought out. Thank you.

  • Curistofa Says:

    Nothing is showing up for me - When I load ramdisk I get a "Generic Fialure" message, but then it works fine. When I start the ram disk I get an error message saying the ramdisk is unformatted and that I should check the filename, but then it says it's worked. But then nothing shows up...

  • Joe Kelly Says:

    Thanks! I didn't see that before :-P

  • Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director Says:

    @Joe Kelly,

    Sure, there's a Stop button in the RamDisk software. You can also uninstall the disk. Just remember to back up whatever data you had on the RAMDisk first.

  • Joe Kelly Says:

    Is there a way to undo a RAM disk in case you don't want it anymore? And have Windows use ALL of your RAM.

    For instance, I have 16GB and am using a 4GB Ram disk. What if I want my 16GB back for Windows and get rid of the RAM disk? How do I do this?

  • Evan Richardson Says:

    starvinmarvin you're totally wrong. Windows 7 can support up to 192GB of ram. Check again:

  • starvinmarvin Says:

    "Paul Rustine Says: August 3rd, 2012 at 5:04 am What about a machine with 32-bit Windows?"

    You shouldn't try to use a RAM Disk with 32-bit Windows 7 because it's limited to using 4GB of RAM or less, and you need most of that for Windows 7 to run smoothly on all applications (especially when running several things at once).

    Older versions such as Windows XP seem to run smoothly on 1GB-2GB of RAM so, if you have 4GB of RAM installed on a 32-bit XP system, you might try running a RAM Disk of 2GB or 3GB size.

    64-bit Windows is designed to make use of more RAM - up to 32GB. (Your motherboard may limit that to less, for example 16GB, but that is still plenty for most people.)

  • Paul Rustine Says:

    What about a machine with 32-bit Windows?

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    If you think, that was a spam, well, here i am again commenting directly to you. Im not sure, but maybe there are some plugins on wordpress that could just do what i said about not including the website when people want to comment on an article.

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    is this safe?

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