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I intend to set up a RAM disk in which I intend to redirect all of Windows's files/folders/etc that would benefit the most from the fast access times of RAM.

I find that I never really use more than about ~20 GB, so I can allocate 4 GB for RAM disk.
I plan to move the following to the RAM disk:
-Temporary internet files
-Temporary files directory, %temp%

What other elements of Windows can I move to the RAM disk to increase responsiveness and speed?
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I can't think of any Windows components.... If Windows thinks it would benefit from faster access times for a specific component, it'll be in RAM somewhere smile.gif

In general, things like file caches, scratch workspaces (Photoshop, perhaps) etc can benefit from RAM disks. I know I can speed up build times in large software projects by copying source files to a RAM disk and compiling from there!

Usually you want data that is accessed frequently to have fast access and transfer times. This has already been taken care of at the kernel level with the Windows cache manager (which works closely with the memory manager and the I/O subsystem), and at application level with memory mapped files. I guarantee some (not all) of your IE temporary internet files are actually sitting somewhere in RAM wink.gif
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So in other words, I would see little to no improvement since everything that needs fast access times is already managed by RAM?
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So in other words, I would see little to no improvement since everything that needs fast access times is already managed by RAM?

Not everything...but say you had a big file that you were working with program XYZ, I would suspect most of that file would actually be mapped into RAM. (Same sort of thing as a database server like SQL, instead of going to the disk each time it will actually suck the database into RAM from disk and then work with the contents in RAM).

I can't really think of anything in Windows itself that would actually benefit being moved to a RAM disk... and I don't think you'd even be able to move them if there were...

Hell, you could install programs to test them out on a RAM disk... that'd give you a speed boost for sure...

I bet things like the Firefox databases and temporary locations would benefit from a RAM disk too (you could symbolic link them to the RAM disk) but it is hard to manage because once you restart your computer all of that data is gone... so they are really only good for super temporary, scratch files.

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Oh, and if you were thinking to put your page file on a RAM disk, or it has been suggested to you, I urge you to look here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1193401/why-it-is-bad-to-store-the-page-file-on-a-ram-disk/0_50
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