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I fail at finding anything with search so I apologize if this has been discussed to death.

Anyway...I got 12GBs of RAM and windows was still kind of slow...so I started messing around with RAMdisks and currently setup a 4GB exFAT one to use for ReadyBoost and found Windows picked up performance(why I don't know so feel free to explain that). So I was wondering what other performance enhancing things can come from using RAMdisks?

I heard mentions about using them for all of my programs TEMP folders but I was wondering what happens when you shutdown the RAMdisks? Do the programs revert back to default TEMP folder locations or would they not work until the TEMP folders are reassigned?

What about installing programs to a RAMdisk? If you can save an RAMdisk image and set it to load on boot will you still have to re-install any program you put on it?

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Minecraft Servers
Coding
Converting maybe.

And considering the fact RAMDisk uses RAM....it get's "lost" when you turn off the computer. and the start with Boot only puts the partition back on the RAM, doesn't save the info in it. So i have experienced anyways...lol
 
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Minecraft Servers
Coding
Converting maybe.
And considering the fact RAMDisk uses RAM....it get's "lost" when you turn off the computer. and the start with Boot only puts the partition back on the RAM, doesn't save the info in it. So i have experienced anyways...lol

Thanks. Gah...I wish I could squash windows down to size and make it run purely from RAM.
     
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Thanks. Gah...I wish I could squash windows down to size and make it run purely from RAM.

You might could, get 32GB of RAM or more and go for it, you will just have to Re-install it every time you boot lol Maybe a 24/7/365 Rig? smile.gif
 
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You might could, get 32GB of RAM or more and go for it, you will just have to Re-install it every time you boot lol Maybe a 24/7/365 Rig? smile.gif

LOL. That's actually a scarey good idea but I have no idea how it would work since windows requires reboots all the time.
     
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that would be very nice if you just put you computer to sleep all the time
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I have installed windows XP to a VM and stored the disk image on a ramdisk. Boot time was 3 seconds with VM startup time, not just xp load time.
 
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I have installed windows XP to a VM and stored the disk image on a ramdisk. Boot time was 3 seconds with VM startup time, not just xp load time.

Can you do that with Win7 and game on it?
     
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Originally Posted by PimpSkyline View Post

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RAMDisk preserves the data contained within the ram disk partition by caching it to one of the system hard drives upon shut down or hibernation, and then dumps it back onto the RAM disk when the system is started up again.

I use my RAMDisk partition for my browser cache (more of an effect on my slow HDD in my work laptop than on my sig rig). Generally, if you have a SSD, I've found no real advantage to running RAMDisk except for seeing the mind-blazing benchmark results! biggrin.gif

I'll have to look in to using the ram disk as a ready boost partition--I'm with you OP, I have no reason to think this would have an improved effect off the top of my head...
    
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RAMDisk preserves the data contained within the ram disk partition by caching it to one of the system hard drives upon shut down or hibernation, and then dumps it back onto the RAM disk when the system is started up again.
I use my RAMDisk partition for my browser cache (more of an effect on my slow HDD in my work laptop than on my sig rig). Generally, if you have a SSD, I've found no real advantage to running RAMDisk except for seeing the mind-blazing benchmark results! biggrin.gif
I'll have to look in to using the ram disk as a ready boost partition--I'm with you OP, I have no reason to think this would have an improved effect off the top of my head...

I won't say it's huge but it does seem to be something. Definitely helped me on some games I think as now I'm completely held back by my ISP and not just my HDD. IF I understood it correctly(MS claims) ReadyBoost caches programs and more so it's not the same as a paging file. But I don't know. To me if I could install games and programs on RAM then that might be enough to let me forget about windows being so slow.

My current problem is getting FF to let me tell it where to put the damn cache. I can't seem to make it listen even after following the guides. I installed it on my RAM but without the cache there it isn't making as big a difference like it could be.
     
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core m3-6Y30 Intel HD515 8GB 1866DDR3L Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2, 256 GB 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
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