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I have been using a program for the past month called Soft Perfect Ramdisk and it has been great! Now the 30 days is up and it wants me to pay

I have been using it for video editing purposes.... Throw project files on there as well as 1080p video clips and edit them like a boss then copy them back over to my storage drive when I am done.

Anyone know of any good FREE ramdisk software? After forking out $599 for Vegas Pro 10 I am feeling kinda cheap
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I've tried http://memory.dataram.com/products-a...ftware/ramdisk and http://www.romexsoftware.com/en-us/v...omparison.html. Both are free and both free editions have a 4 GB limit. The Vsuite-Ramdisk allows to set multiple disks.

The Dataram RAMDisk says it can access memory above the 32bit 4GB limit, but gives me a bsod every time i've tried.

The Vsuite-Ramdisk can also access memory above the 32bit 4GB limit and that works. XP asks for a driver installation after creating the first Disk, let it install automatic, its a generic SCSI driver and you will be fine, works like a charm.
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There's a loophole to get dataram RAM disk for $5 or less.

Follow his link above to open the page for the RAM Disk software. Then click the yellow "Let's Go Shopping" link, and buy some RAM.

Now, their RAM prices suck...badly. I found a 128MB stick of DDR200 for $5 free shipping though. Maybe you could get lucky and find something cheaper, I don't know. But you get the license for dataram RAM Disk for free with ANY RAM purchase.
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A friend and I have been happy with that program. It works pretty well, but I had some issues with saving the RAM drive on shutdowns. It would occasionally hang or not work. For just a super quick place to save and work with stuff though without persistence, it works great.
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A friend and I have been happy with that program. It works pretty well, but I had some issues with saving the RAM drive on shutdowns. It would occasionally hang or not work. For just a super quick place to save and work with stuff though without persistence, it works great.
I've personally only had it hang on shutdowns after I've been stress testing. Normal useage, I never have that problem.

But that's why my RAM disk is backed up to mechanical drives manually, plus the ISO option. That way, if it fails to come back on a restart, I just copy / paste the drive contents back over...and I'm good to go again.
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It's too bad no mobo manufacturers have an option in the BIOS to set up a memory area that looks like a hard drive upon boot, so Windows would treat it akin to any other drive detected on boot.
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It's too bad no mobo manufacturers have an option in the BIOS to set up a memory area that looks like a hard drive upon boot, so Windows would treat it akin to any other drive detected on boot.
The problem with that, is once you shut down....that "hard drive" would be wiped. I wish I could setup a RAM Disk to boot from, would be awesome! I'd totally buy 32GB of RAM just to use that, so I could have a boot drive of 28GB and 4GB of RAM left over.
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The problem with that, is once you shut down....that "hard drive" would be wiped. I wish I could setup a RAM Disk to boot from, would be awesome! I'd totally buy 32GB of RAM just to use that, so I could have a boot drive of 28GB and 4GB of RAM left over.
meh, that's not really an issue IMV. Anyone who makes a RAM disk knows that they are transient in nature and should only be relied upon to store, for example, scratch files or temporary working files that don't need to be dumped onto a hard drive.

Say you've downloaded an html file to modify it and you're going to reupload it right after. Well why plop it on a hard drive at all when you can just dump it into the RAM disk?

Things like that.
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