A RAM disk (or RAM drive) is a block of RAM that a computer is using as though it were a disk drive.

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Why do some programs not write to a RAM disk on Windows?

I've created a RAM disk under Windows using ImDisk. Most programs don't have problems writing to it. But for example, it isn't possible in Visual Studio (2013, currently) to create a project in a RAM ...
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Win7 resets HKCU/Environment/Temp and TMP on login

I once had a fresh installation of Win7 on an SSD drive. Bearing in mind what you always hear about write cycles on these things, first thing I did was changing the TEMP/TMP variables of SYSTEM and my ...
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How to move vlc temp folder to ramdisk?

How can i move vlc temp folder to ramdisk or any other location to increase performance? Or does vlc already keep temp files in ram? thanks.
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What's windows' reaction if TEMP folder location is removed? [duplicate]

What I'd like to know is what appends if the said RamDisk or the USB SSD is removed? I'm used with moving the TEMP/TMP folder to a faster drive. I used to do it on a RamDisk with a script and now I'...
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How to increase ramdisk size?

I have created a ramdisk of 8 MB using the following commands: mkfs -q /dev/ram1 8192 mkdir -p /ramcache mount /dev/ram1 /ramcache Now I want to increase the size of the ramdisk to 1.5 GB. How ...
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constantly writing files on SSD Win8 - RAMDISK versus disk cache?

I have an application that is constantly writing up to 8 x 15Mb files to disk (capturing video streams) with a new file being created each minute (and the oldest file deleted). The computer has a SSD ...
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Keeping HDD files in virtual memory without changing paths to files

I suppose my question is very specific, but I hope there might be solution already. I want to make few folders available in virtual memory but not changing the way they are accessed like ...
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Best practices of keeping Firefox profile on ramdisk

Having plenty of RAM, I'd like to use it to speed up the browser. Goals: Have profile and cache completely in memory, so HDD is not used much while browsing and fsyncs don't reach actual HDD or ...
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No performance increase on I/O intensive operation after symlink to ramdisk

We have a system that transforms a set of several thousand multi-MB files. After every step in the transform, it writes the intermediate file to disk. The concept is similar to a scratch disk. We ...
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Can SSD raid be faster than ramdisk?

So a typical ssd will have a read speed of 250 - 500 mb / second. And a ram will have about 10x than that. My question is: Can 4 ssds with raid-0 be faster than a single ram memory block for some ...
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Running a test database on RAM disk

Is it possible to create and start a Postgresql server as an unprivileged user with data directory owned by the same user? I want to run tests and create a test database for it, the data files being ...
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If I have an SSD, do I need AMD Ramdisk?

It seems like RAMDisk would cache a ton of stuff to my drive. With a standard HDD that's no problem, but for an SSD it raises the following risks: I have less space on my SSD Reading/writing to my ...
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RAM with Same Type but different Memory Clocks? [duplicate]

I have a 1 GB DDR2 667 MHz RAM installed into my system can i use 2 GB DDR2 800 MHz RAM along with the existing RAM is there any problem if i use both in different slots simultaneously or ...
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What are the quality metrics for RAM?

I have searched RAM and I found there are given some specification for the same capacity RAM, What are the difference and performance comparison between these? Like RAM1 General Brand ...
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How I should modify Windows's files in order to load all the system in the RAM during the boot?

I would to make a partition in my SSD and put in it the Windows's installation files. So, I would modify that files in order to tell at the CPU to copy all the partition (with all the files of Windows ...
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Why does RAM have to be volatile?

If computer RAM was to be non volatile like other persistent storages, then there would be no such thing as bootup time. Then why is it not feasible to have a non volatile ram module? Thank you.
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ImDisk: Create physical memory drive (not virtual memory drive) from command-line

I'm using ImDisk to create a virtual drive in Windows 7. I use it as a temporary drive for documents, and it will be created every time the computer/windows restarts. This is working okay; however, I ...
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How to determine if a RAMDisk will be benificial and what to put on it?

How much RAM is necessary for a RAMDisk and how does one determine how much to allocate? Also what programs benefit from being put on a RAMDisk since the contents is lost when the machine is powered ...
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Will mounting a TrueCrypt container stored in a RAM disk be risky or have weak performance? [closed]

I'm getting a computer with 32 GB of memory and I'd like to allocate a good 8-16 GB to a RAM drive to boost performance of the files and programs that I open and close often. Simultaneously, I'm ...
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Restore data from a corrupted .img file

After having formatted my pc, i forgot to setup backup on my ramdisk. Ive been using dataram ramdisk wich stores the disk in a .img file on exit. However my pc crashed recently and now this .img is ...
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Reduce loadtime in games merging two folders across ramdisk and local disk

I've found a program to emulate a drive in my memory, RAMDrive. RAMDrive creates a drive (G:) on my computer, which allows me to have super fast read/write on that drive. Now I was thinking I could ...
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Auto resizing RAM drive for Windows?

Is there a method or a tool that would allow me to have a RAM disk with dynamic memory allocation? I want it to use RAM space only when space is actually used by files, I do not want an empty RAM ...
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Fancycache + HDD vs SSD

My girlfriend's three years old Sony Vaio laptop is getting really slow so I will perform a clean Win7 install on it in a couple of weeks. While at it, I'm considering getting her to upgrade a ...
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Windows cache and temp on RAM disk

I have 16 GB of memory and have just started to experiment with having a 1 GB RAMdisk. Currently, I only have the browser cache there, but I am thinking of moving the Windows7 cache and temp ...
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Create temporary disk in RAM?

The Fossil SCM currently doesn't support grepping through the repository. The only way to find code, is to check out the whole repository into a disk through "fossil deconstruct c:\temp_fossil", and ...
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RAM as SSD in OSX

Let's say I have a Mac with 128GB of RAM and no SSD. Could I somehow configure OSX to use the RAM as an SSD, i.e. as part of a Fusion Drive? Note: manually making a Fusion Drive is described here: ...
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Temp folder in ramdisk

I have a computer with windows 8 x64 and 16GB RAM. I bought a SSD, but still want to get the last bit of performance out of my computer ;) Does it make sense to put my temp folder into a ramdisk? ...
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In linux is it possible to extend a ramdisk with a physcial drive in a logical volume?

I do not like how tmpfs behaves with swap and will allow memory to be exhausted before using the swap on physical disk (yes swappiness can be adjusted but it's still affecting the rest of the OS by ...
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Does it protect SSD by putting Chrome/IE cache into ramdisk?

I have bought a SSD, alloc 1G memory for ramdisk to save temp file of Chrome/IE. Does it reduce the i/o of SSD and enlarge the lifetime of SSD?
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2-thread Perl program slower if run using a RAMdisk within a Virtualbox?

I run a perl script inside a Virtualbox (both the host and guest OS are Windows 7). The Virtualbox has been given 4 CPUs out of 8 (everything runs on a Intel i7) and 3 GB RAM (out of 8 available). ...
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Two RAM modules with different frequencies

I have a Dell laptop which I bought 3 years ago. its a First gen i7 and its absolutely working fine. Since i use softwares like Photoshop Illustrator and Dreamweaver. I want to upgrade the RAM. I ...
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Where does mkinitcpio save its output?

When you run something like mkinitcpio -p linux, where is the resulting file saved?
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How to create ramdisk block device on Fedora 17?

In Fedora 16 /dev/ram* got removed and replaced with tmpfs. However tmpfs can't make block devices. Question How do I make a ramdisk block device in Fedora 17?
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How to create a RAM disk - Fedora 17

How do I create a true RAM disk? I don't want a virtual file system with loop devices, I would like a mountable filesystem that is stored completely in RAM. I am using Fedora 17, linux 3.6.9-2.fc17....
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set up permanent ramdisk in ubuntu to not using ram when is the ramdisk empty

My laptop running Ubuntu 12.04 has 8GB RAM. I added following record to /etc/fstab tmpfs /media/ramdisk tmpfs defaults,noatime,mode=1777 0 0 What exactly does it mean? I have tested that I can ...
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Why using swap file over a SMB/NFS mounted filesystem is not possible in Linux?

I'd like to use another machine's unused RAM as swapspace for my primary Linux installation. I was just curious about performance of network ramdisks compared to local (slow) mechanical hard disks. ...
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Which filesystem to use for RAM disk?

I have 8 GB of RAM and would like to allocate about 1.5 GB for a RAM disk, mainly to use for Chrome and possibly some other things later. This guide says to format as NTFS while this guide says to ...
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Ramdisk size limit in OS X Mountain Lion?

I tried this command to create a ramdisk sudo hdik -nomount ram://4194304 but it failed with the message hdik: attach failed: error 0x6e = 110 It works only if I decrease the size to about 1 GB. ...
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How to install Windows on a ramdisk?

Nowadays 32 or even 64 GB of RAM in a PC is becoming accessible for the average Joe. Ideally I would like to be able to copy a fully working Windows 7 installation on DVDs or a Bluray disk and mount ...
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Boot Linux to ram-only, one time user on a second partition

I am looking to setup a laptop I use for work as follows. One partition with a Linux install (Backtrack) with tools, normal write, etc. I want to create a second partition with a one-time use setup; i....
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Create ram disk mount to specific folder in OSX

I am using a command like so to create a ram disk: diskutil erasevolume HFS+ "ram disk" `hdiutil attach -nomount ram://307200` This works succesfully, and I get a /Volumes/ram disk mounted on my ...
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Is it secure: Storing an unencrypted keyfile in a volatile location?

I have multiple hard drives that should all be encrypted with the same keyfile or passphrase. Here's what I planned as an approach: I encrypt every hard disk with LUKS / cryptsetup and choose a ...
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How to setup a RAM disk without using third-party software?

How may I setup a RAM disk on my Windows 7 computer without using third-party software? There seems to be a lot of third-party applications that can do this, but I am wondering if this is something ...
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Maximum memory on 32-bit Windows 7… [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: can a 32-bit OS machine use up all 8GB RAM + 20GB page file? I understand that I will not be able to use a full 4 GB on my 32-bit Windows 7 installation. I ready have two ...
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Why do virtual machine files on a ramdisk not run faster than on a physical disk?

I installed a total of 36 GB of memory (4x8 GB + 2x2 GB) onn the host (Windows 7) and I used ImDisk to create a 32 GB ramdisk and formatted it with an NTFS file system. Then I copied the virtual ...
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Best approach to utilize RamDisk for Chrome?

I use a lot of tabs and after a while less recently opened tabs take some time to become responsive, which I guess is because they're being un-cached to HDD as they're not required. So after ...
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Periodically back up ramdisk

Are there any Windows ramdisk drivers that can periodically back up the ramdisk to a file? I am familiar with ones that can save the file on demand and on shutdown. I'd like to gain control over the ...
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4GB to 8GB RAM, what performance increase?

I am wondering whether it is worth upgrading from 4 GB to 8 GB of RAM. I know the question has been asked many times, but I can't transpose that to my case. I'm using Windows 7 64-bit. I did a test ...
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Increase ramdrive memory for Hiren Boot CD

Does anyone know how to increase partition for Ramdrive R: for Hiren Boot CD ? I installed a new Program with more than 64mb and I cannot run it. By default it's size in 64mb. IF not where I Could ...
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How do I load Ubuntu into RAM and boot from it?

The Problem I have a USB flash drive which, among Windows PE and other things, has an Ubuntu 11.04 system on a virtual (file-based) partition: <drive>/ubuntu/disks/boot.disk mount point /...