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I noticed a little program in the net called Dataram RAMdisk (http://memory.dataram.com/products-a...wnload-ramdisk) and decided to give it a try.

Seems pretty good

however, I'm a bit new to the small very fast disks + windows 7. Have been more of a "pile of HD's in a RAID" guy but as RAM has gotten as cheap as it is and I recently upgraded to 16 gigs it seemed like a viable idea. Have 6 cores so increased CPU use is not a problem but would have to look at possible bandwidth issues in real usage if this "disk" would start competing with my CPU for RAM access bandwidth.

So the questions.
(1) Is this good RAMdisk soft, if you have experience - is there any other that I should be aware of that might offer some additional options this one does not - (it's free up to 4 gigs, can save RAMdisk to HD at regular intervals and at shutdown and reload the contents of RAMdrive at boot).

(2) What would you use it for ? Install/copy a game on it you most frequently play? Use it for temp files ? Windows readyboost ? With that amount of RAM would it even make sense to use readyboost on it considering that as it's RAM I can't strictly speaking boot from it.
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4gb probably isnt enough for most modern games. Although maybe you could load the most important parts onto the ramdisk and create a symbolic link to the ramdisk.

You could setup Applications/Windows to use it as temporary storage- have your Web browser store it's cache on the ramdisk, let windows use it for temporary files.
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to extend what i said in the other thread Carniflex... to use this in place of an ssd would yeild enormous speed boosts but you wont notice the difference in you only utilize it for games. The business utilization of this is the most common (servers and such). you can surely use this in MANY ways but it just means you are looking for MORE of something that you already have plenty of.

however if you do not have an ssd then yes, this would be a fantastic way to utilize certain aspects of your PC and speed up processes as BinaryDemon stated above
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I thought I would add that gigabyte did make a PCI ramdisk a few years back.

http://www.gigabyte.com.au/search/se...spx?kw=ramdisk

It was an interesting idea at the time, though I don't think it took off. (I'm basing that on the fact that they haven't released a new version since)
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True that.

I have been kind of thinking about getting an SSD, but I'm kinda suspicious about the limited number of write cycles on them. Granted HD's have limited lifespan as well but if one fails you can at least save something. I have been thinking of using SSD with windows 7 "mirrored" volumes with few hard disks for added data security but I'm not aware if this kills the SSD advantage over HD if windows is dumb enough to just do stuff fast with SSD and then wait for the HD to catch up.

The program I use for the RAMdisk saves content of it automatically into disk image on HD every 10 mins and on shutdown. I just set the 4 Gb RAMdisk as the windows readyboost volume but so far have not been seeing any real difference in my computer use experience. I guess searches should be faster with the index in the fast disk. Still too early to tell I guess as it's been less than day in use.

4 Gb is not a lot indeed. Pity the consumer montherboards take so small amounts of RAM. With the current memory prices I would be happy to stick around 12x4 Gb in my rig if I would be able. Would get nice ~32 Gb ramdisk
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I thought I would add that gigabyte did make a PCI ramdisk a few years back.

http://www.gigabyte.com.au/search/se...spx?kw=ramdisk

It was an interesting idea at the time, though I don't think it took off. (I'm basing that on the fact that they haven't released a new version since)

Yea I looked at that in the web. That sure is nice idea. There was some other firm that did something similar with DDR2 as well - a 5.25'' drive with a battery, 8 slots for RAM and few SATA connectors - but it was moderately expencive. What I would really love to see would be something similar, but with DDR3 and ~12 slots for RAM and costing 100$ or less before the RAM sticks.
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I have a feeling this thread might interest you:

http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...-drive-no.html

     
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I have a feeling this thread might interest you:

http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...-drive-no.html

Thanx, this is indeed quite relevant thread addressing several of my questions
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I've used a RAMdisk recently. I got rid of it.

It's fast while you are up and running, albeit small for a drive. But what I didn't like was the added boot and shutdown times since an image of the RAMdisk has to be loaded/saved if you want to actually keep anything on it permanently. It essentially doubled or tripled my boot/shutdown times that I gained with my SSD.

I can see potential uses for it, but the uses either did not apply or were not practical for myself.
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Until I see the need to go larger than 4GB, I'm fine with Dataram RAMDisk, but I would take a good look at ImDisk in the link Kramy posted when and if I do. I actually subscribed to that thread when Blameless first posted it.

A RAM disk is not a good substitute for a real storage drive if you actually want to store data on it. I never put anything I want to save on a RAM disk because that wouldn't be an efficient use of one. What it is good for is a scratch disk to be used with Photoshop, video editing, file compression/decompression, single-use temp storage for downloaded archives and installer applications, disc ripping, and browser cache storage. It's a good all-purpose junk drive that you don't need to maintain, which gives the RAM more uses than simply giving it back to one application that demands it.

You could also use it for the Windows temp path for system and user. I hesitated to do that because I wasn't sure if I could trust that installers don't use the system and user temp directories for files that they need after requesting a reboot for a newly installed application, but it seems like more people do this on a RAM disk than anything else.

Oh, and...


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