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I'm currently running a 64 gig SATA III SSD for my OS and 2x500gb HD raid 0 for storage.

I recently upgraded to 12 gigs of ram and was wondering if moving my pagefile to a ramdisk would improve performance?

If so what size should I make it and can anyone reccomend good programs for w7 64?
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To date, I haven't heard of moving the Paging File to a ram drive, but there are many other things that can be done and they're all described here:

* Windows 7 Ultimate Tweaks & Utilities * (but it recommends disabling the Paging File which is actually not a good idea because Windows 7 takes advantage of it even if you have too much physical memory)

Tutorials: Real world Windows 7 SSD tweaks and optimization

Two things in particular are disabling System Restore and Hibernation because this frees up a few gigabytes of drive space right away.
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thanks two, yeah i've done all the SSD tweaks and I leave my pagefile on. I heard about the ramdrive and thought it'd be a good idea because 1. removes the pagefile from the SSD to free up space and the constant read and write 2. ramdrive is extremely fast and thought system performance would increase putting the pagefile there.

I'm trying to find out if anyone does this.
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Moving the Paging File to a RAMDisk should work....

The Paging File is where the OS placed data that currently does not need to be in RAM. Doing this would "trick" the OS to place the data back into RAM.


However, RAMDisks are created via an application. When the OS loads, the paging file tries to be created before any application loads that would create the RAMDisk. If this is the case, then it won't work since OS would through a warning that the RAMDisk does not exist.
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I have to say I created a RAMdisk and placed my pagefile on it, While I did not run specific benchmarks, I can say I noticed no difference in system responsiveness nor did I see any kind of FPS increase in games.
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I'm quite interested in this and have been utilising a RAMDISK as well as a testing Fancycache and Supercache on and off for a while now..

I currently have 12GB and don't utilise a pagefile at all, without issue (yes i use teh pc heavily without issue, including heavy phtoshop etc).. However the majority of time i'm only utilising 6gb ram at the best of times and always have the option of reallocating ram when needed for high end media work..

So yeah I currently utilise2gb Fancycache to reduce read/writes from my SSD.. I've switched off Write cache though of late until i get a UPS as otherwise you run a higher risk of corrupting your OS especially with the high overclocks i'm utilising (although very stable amd I take regular image backups anyway).

Anyway to the point - i'll be testing a 4gb Ramisk dedicated wth a 3gb pagefile to see if any performance imporovements etc as well as the current IE temp files..

p.s i'm a Quality Assurance (QA) Manger / Test Manager for a large Gov organisation overseeing a hundred or so Testers which includes around 16 projects so hopefuly i'll be in a position to provide some value in this space
To date i've just been utilising a ramdisk for photoshop scratchdisks and temp files etc where necessary but i'll try and sum up any finding within the next few days/week for ya'll..

p.s if anyone is after specific benchmarks /l scenarios, let me know.. i'm open to playing guineepig as i'm always experimenting and researching and have good contingencies..

Peace and out. feel free to hit me up and watch this space!
Edited by gobbo353 - 3/30/11 at 8:06pm
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Sounds like a good plan to me smile.gif I personally wont use Ramdisk again as it had no benefits for me but would be interesting to see the results.
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