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be able to send your temp files for IE, google chrome fire fox etc to the ram drive.
i know running in raid 0 this would help me alot and some of the research i have done has left everything sketchy to me, so i am not sure of a free cheap way to create a ram drive to send my IE & chrome temp files to.

i mostly use IE because i have to for work reasons, and use google chrome second, FF only if needed.

thanks for any tips help guides etc...
    
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or how to sent to plater drive please thanks
    
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ok well i've done this on my normal Non-SSD equipped system just for performance reasons, although I went more extreme and put my FF profile over there as well, I used a RAM drive that saves an image of itself at shutdown and loads it a startup, which take a long time (15 to 30 seconds) so it adds some time to Startup/Shutdown, but when I'm using FF it's nice...

Anyway I tried a couple. but ended up using: Dataram RAMDisk v3.5

I found that:
  • it works on Win7 x64
  • it saves at shutdown and loads at startup... OPTIONALLY
  • It only allows 1 RAM Disk on unregistered edition
  • It doesn't have any other annoying things about unregistered, so IT'S FREE

So feel free to download and start playing around with it.. my next couple posts are a guide on how to move your FF, IE, and Chrome caches...
(I had to use separate posts because I could only attach 5 screenshots per post)
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Get the RAMDisk Software
Setting RAM Disk Size
(use FAT32, since it has less overhead for small drives, and you don't need the features of NTFS)
  • Setup the DataRAM RAMDisk software
  • Open RAMDisk Configuration Utility
  • Under Settings you need to choose the disk size
  • I used 155MiB for my IE and FF caches, and FF profile
  • Choose Unformatted, or FAT32 Partition
  • Change to the "Load and Save" tab
  • Here you can choose to make your RAM Disk persistent... if you DON'T make it persistent, You'll need to choose "FAT32 Partition", if you DO make it persistent, Unformatted is best
  • Click the "Start RAMDisk"
  • Now, I changed the RAM Disk to drive letter R, so I could tell it apart

EDIT: It appears I can only attach 5 pictures per post, so I'm going to split this information into several posts, please stand by...



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So because I can only attach 5 sceenshots per post, I'm splitting this guide into several posts:

Changing the RAMDisk Drive letter, and formatting it if it's "unformatted"
  • Right-Click My Computer, and click Manage
  • In Computer Management, click the Disk Management option under Storage, in the tree pane on the left
  • Now, identify your RAM Disk, in the bottom pane
    • If you selected "Unformatted" from RAMDisk Configuration Utility, you need to Right-Click the Unallocated Space
    • And choose New Simple Volume...
    • Choose FAT32, and I named mine RAMDISK and put the drive letter at R
  • If you already have it formatted, you can change the drive letter
  • Right Click the Partition, and click Change Drive Letter and Paths...
  • Click the Change... on the current letter, and choose the new letter from the drop-down
  • The rest of the guide will assume you have it set to R:, if you don't, substitue the letter you are using





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Changing the Firefox Disk Cache to the RAM disk
  • Open your RAM Disk in Windows Explorer
  • Click New Folder, and name the folder FF_Cache
  • Now Open Firefox
  • Clear the Disk Cache (Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > Clear Now) before starting
    • Or you can use Clear Recent History to clear the cache
  • Click into the location (address) bar and type
    • about:config
  • Click past the warnings, and in the "Filter" box type:
    • cache.disk
  • You should see several settings, one is "browser.cache.disk.parent_directory"
    • If you don't see that value, right-click in a blank white area of the page, and choose New > String
    • Enter the preference name: browser.cache.disk.parent_directory
    • Enter String value R:\\FF_Cache
  • If the preference was already there, double click to change it's value to:
    • R:\\FF_Cache
  • Optionally you can change the Pref: browser.cache.disk.capacity
  • (The pref is in KB, so 1024 is one MB, 51200 is 50 MB, don't set a value larger then your RAM Disk)
  • If you're going to use the RAM Disk for several different Browsers, IE, FF, Chrome, etc, you'll want to make sure you leave enough space for all the different caches
  • I used 50MB caches on each browser, so 100MB RAM Disk, if you used 50MB for Chrome too, you need 150MB RAM Disk, etc also there is usually a little overhead, of several MB, so make sure to spec it a little bit bigger.



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Changing the Internet Explorer Disk Cache to the RAM disk
  • WARNING this procedure requires a logout, save all your open files before starting
  • Open your RAM Disk in Windows Explorer
  • Click New Folder, and name the folder IE_Cache
  • Open Internet Options (in Control Panel)
  • Click the Delete... button under Browsing History
    • Make sure Temporary Internet files is ticked, and click Delete
  • Click the Settings button under Browsing history
    • Change "Disk space to use" to a safe amount for your RAM Disk
    • Click the Move folder... button
    • In Browse for Folder, browse to your R:\\IE_Cache folder
    • Click OK
  • You will now have to log out, and back in




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Changing the Chrome Disk Cache to the RAM disk
  • After changing the folder, you will need to manually move the files over, or delete the old cache files and let Chrome create the new ones
  • Open your RAM Disk in Windows Explorer
  • Click New Folder, and name the folder Ch_Cache
  • Find your link to Chrome (e.g. pinned to taskbar, etc)
  • Right click the link and choose Properties
    • If you're clicking on the Taskbar pinned item, right-click, then choose the Google Chrome option (just above the Unpin option)
    • Right click that Google Chrome and click Properties
  • In the Target box, add the text: --disk-cache-dir="R:\\Ch_Cache" at the end, after a space
    • You can also alter the disk cache size using a switch here:
    • using the switch --disk-cache-size=[size in bytes]
    • Since it's in bytes, you do (1048576 * MB desired) to get the size required
  • example (using my user name, and a 50MB cache size)
  • C:\\Users\\Gaspard\\AppData\\Local\\Google\\Chrome \\Application\\chrome.exe --disk-cache-dir="R:\\Ch_Cache" --disk-cache-size=52428800
  • Note you will need to edit all the shortcuts to Chrome that you actually use, e.g. the one on the desktop and in the start menu etc...
Optional: move your Cache files, and/or delete the old ones.
  • Open C:\\Users\\yourusername\\AppData\\Local\\Google\\C hrome\\User Data\\Default\\Cache
  • Optional: Copy the contents to R:\\Ch_Cache\\Cache
  • Delete the contents of the folder





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Respected Sir,
Here I want to know how can increase or full use up to 4 GB.
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