Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Windows › Stupid/Insane Question
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Stupid/Insane Question

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Okay, so as the title suggests, this question is probably extremely stupid. But....

Is there anyway to store/install an operating system in your RAM (or create any kind of partition from it)? I don't really know exactly how RAM works, but I assume that if this were possible, it would be much faster than HDD or SSD.

Thanks
Άρης!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K @4.4GHz GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 x2 Sapphire 2GB 6950's in CrossfireX 4x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 30GB / Seagate 1TB HDD x2 Random DVD Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 3x Hannspree 21.5" 6016x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
*pending* XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W Antec Three Hundred Illusion Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
There's a cat on it. 
  hide details  
Reply
Άρης!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K @4.4GHz GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 x2 Sapphire 2GB 6950's in CrossfireX 4x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 30GB / Seagate 1TB HDD x2 Random DVD Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 3x Hannspree 21.5" 6016x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
*pending* XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W Antec Three Hundred Illusion Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
There's a cat on it. 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by asantas93 View Post
Okay, so as the title suggests, this question is probably extremely stupid. But....

Is there anyway to store/install an operating system in your RAM (or create any kind of partition from it)? I don't really know exactly how RAM works, but I assume that if this were possible, it would be much faster than HDD or SSD.

Thanks
There's such thing as a RAM drive, where you essentially do what the name implies and make a portion of it into a drive.

The problem I would see is the size limitation even if it was technically possible. You wouldn't even be able to install W7 without obscene amounts of RAM.

You would be far better off just buying an SSD.
Bueller
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770K 4.7Ghz @ 1.36v Asus Sabertooth Z77 Gigabyte Windforce 780 Ti 3GB 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1866 9-10-9-27 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
256GB Samsung 840 Pro + RAID1 2TB 7200 Hitachis LG 6X Blu-ray Burner Corsair H100i Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VG236HE XArmor U9BL-S Enermax Galaxy Evo 1250W Corsair 600T 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G500 SteelSeries 5L O2DAC -> Corsair SP2500 (or O2 amp and Beyerdyn... 
  hide details  
Reply
Bueller
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770K 4.7Ghz @ 1.36v Asus Sabertooth Z77 Gigabyte Windforce 780 Ti 3GB 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1866 9-10-9-27 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
256GB Samsung 840 Pro + RAID1 2TB 7200 Hitachis LG 6X Blu-ray Burner Corsair H100i Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VG236HE XArmor U9BL-S Enermax Galaxy Evo 1250W Corsair 600T 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G500 SteelSeries 5L O2DAC -> Corsair SP2500 (or O2 amp and Beyerdyn... 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaldari View Post
There's such thing as a RAM drive, where you essentially do what the name implies and make a portion of it into a drive.

The problem I would see is the size limitation even if it was technically possible. You wouldn't even be able to install W7 without obscene amounts of RAM.

You would be far better off just buying an SSD.
20 Vertex 3's in RAID 0 would be about as fast, and possibly the same price, as that amount of storage in RAM.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Gigabyte Z77-UD5H-WB Golden GTX 670 Windforce 3X 2 x 4GB GSkill RipJawsX 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 4 64GB- WD Caviar Black 1TB Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Dell U2311H IPS 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
xArmor iOne U9BL MX Blues Seasonic x750 LIAN LI PC-T60B Logitech G500 
Audio
Modded JVC HA-RX900 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Gigabyte Z77-UD5H-WB Golden GTX 670 Windforce 3X 2 x 4GB GSkill RipJawsX 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 4 64GB- WD Caviar Black 1TB Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Dell U2311H IPS 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
xArmor iOne U9BL MX Blues Seasonic x750 LIAN LI PC-T60B Logitech G500 
Audio
Modded JVC HA-RX900 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
I benchmarked my RAM, and it says it does over 20GB/s. I've never heard of an SSD that fast. I also have 16GB, which is mostly useless. I was thinking of installing a Linux distro in one stick.
Άρης!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K @4.4GHz GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 x2 Sapphire 2GB 6950's in CrossfireX 4x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 30GB / Seagate 1TB HDD x2 Random DVD Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 3x Hannspree 21.5" 6016x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
*pending* XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W Antec Three Hundred Illusion Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
There's a cat on it. 
  hide details  
Reply
Άρης!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K @4.4GHz GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 x2 Sapphire 2GB 6950's in CrossfireX 4x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 30GB / Seagate 1TB HDD x2 Random DVD Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 3x Hannspree 21.5" 6016x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
*pending* XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W Antec Three Hundred Illusion Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
There's a cat on it. 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 10
Theoretically, it is possible if you have a large amount of RAM. However, if you reboot your PC, you will lose your OS.
MacBook Pro 13"
(6 items)
 
 
Desktop
(13 items)
 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i5 3210 @ 2.5 GHz Intel HD4000 4 GB DDR3 @ 1600 MHz 500 GB @ 5400 RPM 
OSMonitor
OSX Mountain Lion 13.3" @ 1280 x 800 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i5 480m@2.67GHz AMD Radeon Mobility 5650 4GB DDR3 500GB 
OSMonitor
Windows 7 64bit HP 15.6" 1366x768 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E7500 Intel...:( MSI GTS250 1GB 2GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
250GB Windows XP 17" LG CRT 1280x768@85hz 400W 
  hide details  
Reply
MacBook Pro 13"
(6 items)
 
 
Desktop
(13 items)
 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i5 3210 @ 2.5 GHz Intel HD4000 4 GB DDR3 @ 1600 MHz 500 GB @ 5400 RPM 
OSMonitor
OSX Mountain Lion 13.3" @ 1280 x 800 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i5 480m@2.67GHz AMD Radeon Mobility 5650 4GB DDR3 500GB 
OSMonitor
Windows 7 64bit HP 15.6" 1366x768 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E7500 Intel...:( MSI GTS250 1GB 2GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
250GB Windows XP 17" LG CRT 1280x768@85hz 400W 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 10
It is possible, but each time you turn on your computer it has to move everything from your hard drive to your RAM, as RAM does not store things as soon as the computer is turned off. This would slow down boot up a bit, but would run much faster once you are up and running.

This would be similar to loading an entire game into RAM, so it runs faster.
monsoon
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k P8Z68-VPro GTX 770 6GB DDR3 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Samsung 256GB SSD Windows 7 Razer blackwidow 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850W 800D Razer Deathadder Razer Goliathus 
  hide details  
Reply
monsoon
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k P8Z68-VPro GTX 770 6GB DDR3 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Samsung 256GB SSD Windows 7 Razer blackwidow 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850W 800D Razer Deathadder Razer Goliathus 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by {Unregistered} View Post
Theoretically, it is possible if you have a large amount of RAM. However, if you reboot your PC, you will lose your OS.
So I'd lose it even without disconnecting power?
Άρης!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K @4.4GHz GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 x2 Sapphire 2GB 6950's in CrossfireX 4x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 30GB / Seagate 1TB HDD x2 Random DVD Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 3x Hannspree 21.5" 6016x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
*pending* XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W Antec Three Hundred Illusion Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
There's a cat on it. 
  hide details  
Reply
Άρης!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K @4.4GHz GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 x2 Sapphire 2GB 6950's in CrossfireX 4x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 30GB / Seagate 1TB HDD x2 Random DVD Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 3x Hannspree 21.5" 6016x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
*pending* XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W Antec Three Hundred Illusion Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
There's a cat on it. 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 10
I don't know if a RAMdrive can be used to boot, though. I used to have a RAMdrive set up at 2GB just for Pagefile, didn't notice any benefit from it, though.
Pro Tem
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 25oo MSI P67A-GD65 B3 MSi GTX56oTX-Ti Asus Direct CUii GTX56o Ti 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB C3oo 128GB / 2x5ooGB WDGreen / 1.5TB SG LG DvD Burner Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win7 HP 64 AcerH233H / Acer X2o3H Antec 75oW Raidmax Smilodon Extreme fan mod 
  hide details  
Reply
Pro Tem
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 25oo MSI P67A-GD65 B3 MSi GTX56oTX-Ti Asus Direct CUii GTX56o Ti 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB C3oo 128GB / 2x5ooGB WDGreen / 1.5TB SG LG DvD Burner Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win7 HP 64 AcerH233H / Acer X2o3H Antec 75oW Raidmax Smilodon Extreme fan mod 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by grishkathefool View Post
I don't know if a RAMdrive can be used to boot, though. I used to have a RAMdrive set up at 2GB just for Pagefile, didn't notice any benefit from it, though.
For Pagefile? Why would you use physical memory as virtual memory?
Άρης!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K @4.4GHz GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 x2 Sapphire 2GB 6950's in CrossfireX 4x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 30GB / Seagate 1TB HDD x2 Random DVD Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 3x Hannspree 21.5" 6016x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
*pending* XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W Antec Three Hundred Illusion Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
There's a cat on it. 
  hide details  
Reply
Άρης!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K @4.4GHz GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 x2 Sapphire 2GB 6950's in CrossfireX 4x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 30GB / Seagate 1TB HDD x2 Random DVD Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 3x Hannspree 21.5" 6016x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
*pending* XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W Antec Three Hundred Illusion Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
There's a cat on it. 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 10
So that the memory actually gets used and it could possibly help hard drive performance. Also if you only had a SSD in the machine and didn't want the writes of a page file going on it. It is a good idea actually.

You need to have a page file. Windows and many many programs will specifically try to place some things there even when there is plenty of RAM it could use. This would get the page file performance close to that of regualr memory performance. I might give it a try
My System
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
2600K @ 4.7GHz Asus P8P67 B3 GTX 580 EVGA Hydro Copper 2 GTX 580 EVGA  
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws bunch of 'em Blu-Ray For movies Windows 8.1 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24.4" Hans G HH251 X2 Yamakasi DS270  Blah 1000watt Super Flower 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Built into Desk Microsoft SideWinder X8 Comfy one... Creative Extreme Gamer 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
2600K @ 4.7GHz Asus P8P67 B3 GTX 580 EVGA Hydro Copper 2 GTX 580 EVGA  
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws bunch of 'em Blu-Ray For movies Windows 8.1 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24.4" Hans G HH251 X2 Yamakasi DS270  Blah 1000watt Super Flower 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Built into Desk Microsoft SideWinder X8 Comfy one... Creative Extreme Gamer 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Windows
Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Windows › Stupid/Insane Question