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So I just bought a laptop for college along with a 128GB C300, and 8GBs of ram. I know that saving SSD cycles is important, so I was thinking of booting Windows XP from a RAMdisk. Is there any programs that create a 'script' that creates a RAMdisk, dumps an image to it, and then boots from it?

I realize I would have to update the image anytime I make changes, but I don't think it would be too hard to make a shutdown script that saves the RAMdisk to an image on my SSD.
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Not without hardware that is designed to do it. A ramdisk needs to be created by the host operating system before it can be used, so theoretically you can't boot an operating system from a ramdisk because the operating system isn't running to create the ramdisk.

If you use a program called SSD Tweaker to make some changes to the way your system works, you can minimize the SSD writes (SSD reads are irrelevant, they do not impact life). I chose to disable the page file as well for my computer. (http://majorgeeks.com/SSD_Tweaker_d6382.html)
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That's what I was afraid of. Sorta. I know windows is picky with page file, but I can trick it into using RAM anyways with a RAMdisk. However, a good post is not without its thanks. Rep++
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while you are at it, if you have free ram (or lost due to 32bits) you can use it as a drive cache with fancycache, to cache reads and/or writes. http://www.romexsoftware.com/en-us/fancy-cache/
might be more useful than using ram on page file. i made the move and havent had issues (been using it for 2 weeks)
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I know this is possible if you go Linux. In fact I had this exact setup at one point. It is actually very similar to how live CDs work.
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Originally Posted by evermooingcow View Post
I know this is possible if you go Linux. In fact I had this exact setup at one point. It is actually very similar to how live CDs work.
That's what I was basing my idea on. Instead of being a live cd though, it would be an image on my SSD.

http://reboot.pro/10234/
Looks like this guy was able to do it. I might read a bit deeper.
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