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Is there any way to install Windows 7 to a RAMdrive, and have that drive's image saved to disk upon shutting down and re-loaded into RAM upon booting?
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It is possible, but is basically like a hack. I can't think of a useful situation for it over an SSD.
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Originally Posted by frozne View Post

It is possible, but is basically like a hack. I can't think of a useful situation for it over an SSD.

There's a computer here with 128GB of RAM and only a 250GB hard drive. An SSD costs more money, the RAM is free.
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I have seen it done with live boot windows XP before. I'm not sure on the procedure though.

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There's a computer here with 128GB of RAM and only a 250GB hard drive. An SSD costs more money, the RAM is free.

Basically you would need to create a virtual disk using VirtualBox or VMWare with the Windows install on it. Then you would need a bootloader to read the disk on boot and give you the option to load the virtual disk image into memory and boot from it.

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It would be longer anyways.
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