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Another task to do is moving the Firefox Profile. I've read online about this and also watched a YouTube video, but all the sources are outdated.
Thus, I can't figure out how to redirect/move the FF Profile on Windows 7, using a later version of Firefox (3.6+ or 8.0), which no longer has a Profile Manager.
To add to the frustration, there is very little available on the Mozilla web site support forum for how to find/tweak/move Profile or Cache, using the latest Firefox version.
Thanks in advance for any insights.

Wow... it’s been years... (check out my rig lol)

Excellent guide and a very good read; a little late for myself but I’m sure it will be beneficial for new folks taking the plunge.

Try this to manage your FF profile: Win Key + R (type) “firefox –P” (- the “), this has worked on all versions of FF that I can remember, currently running 8.01 on Win7 Pro. Ensure that FF is closed or it will not work, seems to the big mistake that most people make... for the recorded I move profile to the spinner with cache to ram.
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I created a folder on the H: drive (RAMDisk) called Firefox_cache. Sean, you advised unchecking that folder's "Read-only," which I did, but it seems to keep reverting to "Read-Only". But that doesn't prevent the folder from growing. Does yours remain unchecked... how do you keep it like that?

In any case, the redirect might be working now... I did the same as before, creating browser.cache.disk.parent_directory and pointing it to the H: drive (my RAMDisk), but it appears that nothing was getting saved there until after I changed the value of browser.cache.disk.enable to "true" from "false."

One site had advised setting it to "false," but I think they were talking about a situation simply where you don't want to use the C: drive, rather than one where you have a RAMDisk, which I guess is considered a drive... Does this make sense?

How should the following be set when using a RAMDisk which is set as H drive:
browser.cache.disk.enable (true or false?)
browser.cache.memory.enable (true or false?)
disk.cache.memory.capacity (should I create this and assign a KB size?)

Edited by skidaddy - 1/21/12 at 6:21pm
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clawhamer and others:

Thanks. Should I install FF on the C: (SSD) or alternate D: drive (regular)? It appears that even when installed on the D: drive, the profile/data still gets written to the SSD C: drive, so there is no advantage to installing on the D: drive... I'm wondering if browsing might function more slowly, in fact.

I'm still not sure how to move the FF Profile, or if I should even bother... is it a lot of writing?

I did manage to locate the Profile folder using the Run command as you advised. Should I delete the old profile, move it, or simply add a new profile?

Rather than delete the default, I tried creating a 2nd profile (on the RAMDisk), and that appeared to be the one FF was using, so I was happy... Until I rebooted my computer... Then FF wouldn't launch. It said that FF was already open in another window, even though my Task Manager showed no activity whatsoever related to Mozilla FF.
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When you created the RAMDisk, did you set it up to backup on shutdown and restore on start-up? If not, any folders you created there will be lost. For example: if you created H:\Firefox\User_Profile and didn’t backup\restore the RAMDisk image during the reboot, Firefox will not be able to load the user profile as the RAM will have been cleared and the file wiped.

These two functions of RAMDisk will greatly increase the times of shutdown\start-up, but it also depends the device type\speed and size of the image you’re creating and restoring.

I find no difference in performance if the Firefox profile is on a RAMDisk, SSD or HDD; so I personally create\store it on the first small partition (dump partition) on my HDD (5GB partition WD VR 150GB) to keep unnecessary writes of the SSD and reduce the backup\restore times of using the RAMDisk.

I install Firefox to the default installation directory and only make the following changes in about:config:

browser.cache.disk.enable (set the value to False)
browser.cache.memory.enable (default should be set to True)
Right-Click anywhere -> New -> Integer -> Preference Name "disk.cache.memory.capacity"
Value memory size in KB: Enter 32768 for 32MB, 65536 for 64MB, 131072 for 128MB

... And yes, I find Firefox writes a lot, well to the user profile any way. Open Resource Monitor\Disk Tab and open and close Firefox to have a look at the Disk activity.
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Is there anything I should skip in this guide if using ssd for a laptop
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How do you know if your SSD is up to date with firmware? Is there a way to check it to tell you that it needs a update or something?
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How do you know if your SSD is up to date with firmware? Is there a way to check it to tell you that it needs a update or something?

Try using AS SSD. It will show you in the upper left corner information pane of the program. Hope that helps.
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Give me a link for that program. It can tell me what firmware it has?
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Give me a link for that program.

LOL, you really don't know how to use a computer? The search bar? The internet? The multiple links in my guide? rolleyes.gif

http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4&download_id=9

Or have common sense or critical thinking capabilities?
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It can tell me what firmware it has?
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Try using AS SSD. It will show you in the upper left corner information pane of the program. Hope that helps.
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LOL, you really don't know how to use a computer? The search bar? The internet? The multiple links in my guide? rolleyes.gif
http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4&download_id=9
Or have common sense or critical thinking capabilities?
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It can tell me what firmware it has?
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Try using AS SSD. It will show you in the upper left corner information pane of the program. Hope that helps.

Instead of being rude and i DO know how computers work and don't insult people like that again. A link is simple to provide. This is what forums is all about, helping others.
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