Want the speed of a solid-state drive without the expense? Set up a RAM disk!


Τίτλος άρθρου: How to Supercharge Your PC With a RAM Disk, πηγή: pcworld (click to see the whole article).

If you’ve ever wished that you could emulate the performance of a solid-state drive without installing a new piece of hardware, consider creating a new virtual hard drive on your PC that runs purely from RAM, also known as a RAM disk. Setting one up is a little tricky, but the performance benefits (if your system has enough RAM) are worth the effort.

What is a RAM disk? The name says it all: A RAM disk is a virtual hard drive stored in your computer’s RAM. Creating a RAM disk requires dedicated software and utilizes a chunk of your system’s available memory; though a RAM disk appears as just another drive on your PC, the RAM that you use for the RAM disk is unavailable for general memory tasks.

Supercharge Your PC With a RAM Disk

How to create a RAm disk

For the purposes of this guide, I chose Dataram’s RAMDisk, because the personal version is free for RAM disks up to 4GB in size. If you need more space, the full version is $19. That’s cheaper than most RAM-disk software, but Primo Ramdisk and other more expensive premium options deliver more robust features. The free utility ImDisk is the only way to fly if you want to make a RAM disk that’s larger than 4GB, but I don’t recommend it as heartily: The command-line interface is more of a hassle, and ImDisk’s virtual drives aren’t as fast as the ones that other RAM-disk software packages create.

 

 

 

 

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