How to Make Your PC 50 Times Faster with RamDisk Plus

With RamDisk Plus, random reads and writes can be performed 50 times faster than your hard drive allows.

Last week we announced the addition of RamDisk Plus to our PC performance lineup. Some customers gave glowing reviews of the product:RamDisk Plus - No Speed Limit

“…RamDisk Plus sped everything up, from the display of web pages to the loading of Microsoft Word.  It seemed to breathe a new life into it.  I did run 2 or 3 days of the trial before I decided it would help me out, and it did, a lot. Thank you,”

-Al L.

“I liked your product so much after only a couple of days trial I purchased RamDisk Plus. Installation is easy and the biggest help was the email you sent explaining how to cache the web browser pages and the windows temporary storage. Without this help I would have spend lots of frustrating time trying to find the correct place to make these adjustments. It does make a dynamitic improvement in web page loading. I know your product creates storage in memory that looks like disk drives to the system, very nice.”

- Douglas B.

“I downloaded the free trial first. I showed it to my son, who is going to the University of Kansas for IT and who has a part-time job in IT. He was very favorably impressed with what he saw in the trial edition and he is not easily impressed….My experience with RamDisk Plus is still rather limited but one very immediate and noticeable effect is the increase in the browser speed.  After installing it, my son looked at me and said “I doubt you’ll ever have to wait for anything to download again.”

-Mike S.

Some people had a little trouble putting RamDisk Plus to use. So we’d like to share some tips on how to use RamDisk Plus.

Here are instructions on how to configure RamDisk Plus to speed up everything on your PC!





First, create a RAM disk using this getting started guide. Then follow the instructions below:

HOW DO I SPEED UP WEB BROWSING?

Point your browser cache to RamDisk Plus. Not only does this speed up web browsing, it also increases the security of your Internet history. Because it is located on the RAM disk, your browser cache is automatically cleared at shutdown.

Follow the instructions for your web browser (after adding a RAM disk using RamDisk Plus).

HOW DO I SPEED UP PRINTING?

Move the print spool folder to RamDisk Plus.

If you’ve set up a Windows XP system to act as a print server on your network, you can improve the print server’s responsiveness. All you need to do is move the print spool folder from its default location to RamDisk Plus. The performance gain comes from separating the management of the potentially huge spool file from the same drive on which the Windows system files exist.

To move the print spool folder to RamDisk Plus:

  • Create a RAM disk of sufficient size to hold the spool files.
  • Go to Start -> Printers and Faxes. (Or, in classic view: Start -> Settings -> Printers and Faxes).
  • From the top menu select FileServer Properties.
  • Select the Advanced tab. Enter the RAM disk’s drive letter (e.g. S:) in the Spool Folder text box, and click OK.
  • In the warning message dialog box, click Yes.





HOW DO I SPEED UP WINDOWS PERFORMANCE?

Point where temporary files are stored to RamDisk Plus.

To change the location of the System Temp folder, follow the steps given below:

  • Right click on Computer
  • Click on Properties (or System Properties)
  • Click on Advanced system settings
  • Click on the Advanced tab
  • Click on the button near the bottom labeled Environment Variables
  • You may see both TMP and TEMP listed in the section labeled User variables for (account). That’s the common location; each different login account is assigned its own temporary location. In the Variable value Edit box you may specify the path to the directory that Windows and many other programs will use for temporary files.

Be sure and repeat that process for both TMP and TEMP.

You’ll need to restart any running programs for the new value to take effect. In fact, you’ll need to restart Windows for it to begin using the new value for its own temporary files.

HOW DO I PUT A PAGEFILE* ON THE RAM DISK?

  • Right-click on My Computer and click on Properties.
  • Click on the Advanced tab.
  • Click the Settings button in the Performance box.
  • Click on the Advanced tab in the Performance Options dialog window.
  • Click the Change button in the Virtual Memory box.
  • In the Virtual Memory dialog window
    • Select RAM disk drive
    • Select the Custom size: radio button
    • Set initial size and maximum size to be just a little smaller than the size of the RAM disk. Tip: Immediately above Custom size: is Space available: which is the size of the RAM disk.
    • Select the drive that currently has the paging file.
    • Select the No paging file radio button.
  • Click OK.
  • Restart the computer for the new settings to take effect.

*Moving the pagefile to the RAM disk from a Solid State Drive (SSD) is not supported.





HOW DO I REDUCE WRITES ON SOLID STATE DRIVES?

If your computer only uses a solid state drive (SSD), use RamDisk Plus as a cache to store data – including:

  • Temporary Internet files (located in your web browser cache)
  • Temporary files

Follow the instructions above for the three types of data listed here.

HOW DO I TURN A FOLDER ON THE RAM DISK INTO A NETWORK SHARE?

  • Right-click on the disk or folder you wish to share, and select Sharing and Security.
  • Select Share this folder or, if already shared, click on New Share.
  • Enter the new Share name and a Comment.
  • Set User limit, Permissions, and Caching as required.
  • Click OK to create the share and close the property page.

HOW DO I MOUNT THE RAM DISK AT A MOUNT POINT?

RamDisk Plus supports mount points. However, it is not configurable in Disk Management. Instead you must use the command-line interface mountvol.

Open a command-prompt window and enter mountvol. Suppose it lists RamDisk Plus with drive letter R: as follows:

To mount RamDisk Plus R: at c:mountpointsramdisk enter:
mountvol c:mountpointsramdisk \?Volume{8c4f2cc4-20d71-11ed8-80c9-806d6172696f}

Placing a file in the root of R: and placing the file in c:mountpointsramdisk will now accomplish the same thing, as both paths point to the same object.

To remove the above mount enter:
mountvol c:mountpointsramdisk /D





Comments

  1. Jerry Kelleher says:

    I have a HP notebook running Vista and I use Chrome. I down loaded the free copy of RAM disk but have not been able to get it to work. Can you help please?

  2. How do I enter the path address for Firefox? I already created the “STRING” part.
    (Firefox

    Open the Firefox web browser
    Type in about:config in the Firefox address bar
    Right-click and select New > String from the menu. Enter browser.cache.disk.parent_directory as the preference name

    and the new path to the RamDisk Plus drive:=====>. I am stuck here

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      Hi Elkin,

      Copy this: browser.cache.disk.parent_directory

      After typing about:config in the address bar, and after you right click and select New and then select String, a Preference Name box appears. Copy and paste browser.cache.disk.parent_directory into it. When you submit that, another box appears asking you for the new path. Enter the drive letter for RamDisk Plus. (Mine is G: so I entered G:)

  3. Lauren: DId as you outlined. Now I will wait the results. Thanks a million.

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      Elkin, My apologizes…as the second value entered for the path, enter the drive letter for the RamDisk. You must Add a RamDisk to your system within RamDisk Plus (the default drive letter is probably G:). Go back to Firefox, go to about:config, find the browser.cache.disk.parent_directory string (it’s listed alphabetically) and then double click and enter G: after setting up the RamDisk. Within RamDisk Plus, look at the Drive Letter column for the RamDisk listed to confirm what your drive letter is.

  4. Jesse Thompson says:

    Can you use it to cache video memory? Like turn my 512meg video card into a 1 gig or higher?Sorta like cache for the video card?

  5. cyberguyz says:

    A few questions:
    (A) Is data written to your ramdisk persistent (saved at shutdown or disk-backed), or is it wiped with each system reboot?
    (B) At what point is a configured ramdisk available for use?
    (C) When is the ramdisk formatted and what is the impact on Windows startup time?

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      (A) You can set RamDisk Plus to Auto-Wipe at logoff. Enable Auto-Wipe in the File menu. For each RamDisk created, you can choose to zero memory when removed or restored and you can also choose to save the RamDisk’s contents at system shutdown. This is done when creating the RamDisk. You can also backup and restore RamDisks.

      (B) The RamDisk is available to the system very early in system startup. Any applications or services that depend on the RAM disk can access it as soon as they start.

      (C) I am waiting on an answer for this for you.

      • cyberguyz says:

        Thanks for the responses. I have been doing some evaluation in the interim.
        (B) is good new indeed. Ram disk would be much less usable if it is starting up in the middle of a long string of user applications.

        For (C), I find the startup lag acceptable. I use an SSD as the system drive and found the ramdisk adds only about 2 seconds to the boot time (avg boot time is 17 seconds – went up to avg 20). This may be a little more for those that use a mechanical hard disk due to program loading.

        • Lauren Lembo says:

          Right. The whole point of using RamDisk Plus on an SSD is to extend the life of the drive, not speed. The speed factor is for traditional hard drives.

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      Ok, just got my answer from tech support:

      “The Ramdisk is formatted when it is created. If the ramdisk is NOT configured to be persistent, then impact on Windows startup time is really not measurable. If configured to be persistent then the larger the ramdisk and amount of persistent data found on the ramdisk, the longer it will take for Windows to startup.”

  6. frj1371 says:

    I own PerfectDisk and think it’s a good product but you shouldn’t be advertising that RamDisk Plus makes your PC 50 times faster since few people are RAM limited these days. It’s further a crime to suggest to novice users to put their pagefile of all things on the ramdisk since it’s supposed to be a dump of RAM when other programs need it. The actual advice for users in that case should be to eliminate the ramdisk so you have more RAM for your programs. Ramdisks are for users with plenty of RAM (8+ GB these days) that want to cache some programs or their TEMP directory. It will NOT make your system 50 times faster, more like 5% faster and a bit less wear on your harddrive.

    • In many cases users experience 50 times improvement, or more. We will re-evaluate all our messaging, as we typically do based on feedback such as yours. We have not meant to mislead. And we certainly did not intend to commit a crime. Thank you.

      • There would be very few scenarios that would experience 50 or even 10 times improvement. And, for the $80 you are charging for this software, users would be much better off if they simply bought 8 GB of RAM online for less than $50. This would be plenty of RAM for 99% of users. They could then just turn off the pagefile and let Windows due it’s own caching. Some users may not even be aware that their system/motherboard comes with a free ramdisk driver, like from ASRock.

        • Lauren Lembo says:

          A plain RamDisk has no backup facility. If you lose power, you lose everything. With RamDisk Plus you can go back to the state at the last boot. Plus, there are no RAM disk products out there that allow you to use the unmanaged memory, which RamDisk Plus does. This allows a customer to use memory that is not normally available to the O/S for storing data in RAM.

      • cyberguyz says:

        It depends on what you are counting as 50x improvement and over what. Not all system operations will be 50x better, only some things.

        For things accessing the ram drive the speed improvements of using a ram disk over an SSD drive will be similar to the speed increase of using an SSD over a mechanical disk. The temporary or caching file operations used by browser caching and software installations (unpacking and reading the content) should go up to 50x faster, However the overall operation of browser use and software installation would not be anywhere near this fast. They will see improvement, but not on the order of 50x.

        I would like to also add to Raxco’s suggestion to put the page file in ramdisk. That is a REALLY BAD IDEA! The recommended size of a Windows page file is 1.5x the size of the computer RAM memory (oops!). I think that may be a little big to stuff into a ram disk, don’t you? ;) Also is the ram used by the ram disk swappable? If you are using swappable ram to hold the swap file….

        • Lauren Lembo says:

          RamDisk Plus can have up to 50x speed improvement and above on various systems.

          RamDisk Plus is a more robust and flash drive-free alternative to ReadyBoost on Windows 7 OS.

          As mentioned earlier, the purpose of using RamDisk Plus on an SSD is not for speed as much as it is for extending the life of the drive.

          The pagefile suggestion comes from the developers. I will have a more in-depth answer for you ASAP.

        • Lauren Lembo says:

          As to the pagefile issue, in short, RamDisk, much like a physical disk, only does any good if you put something on it! So if you create a RamDisk and put nothing on it the it just takes up space (i.e. RAM memory). In that case, memory has been given to RamDisk which then cannot be used by the operating system or other programs.

          This is the full response from the developer on this pagefile issue:

          “This Pagefile size recommendation is a carryover from the days when 128MB RAM was considered a lot of RAM! Then the formula of 1.5 x RAM made for a good rule of thumb for a Pagefile size. Sometimes, in those days, even that minimum recommendation was not enough. However new systems now being sold now come with many GBs of RAM. Generally as the memory in a system increases the need for Pagefile decreases. Microsoft confirms this within a number of articles that can be searched for on their support website. The implication here is that not all of the Pagefile is now used. In fact it is rare that the whole default pagefile size ever gets used. But that still begs how much smaller can the pagefile be? The best way to answer the question is to use the scientific approach. Pagefile size should be at least as large of the maximum amount of usage plus a little extra wiggle room. For example, say your system has 4 GB of RAM. Then the “recommended” pagefile size (4 x 1.5) would be 6GB. So how much of that 6GB ever gets used at one time? In other words, what is the maximum amount of Pagefile usage? This can be scientifically determined by using a built-in Windows’ tool called Perfmon.exe (Performance Monitor). This program can be started from either the Run box or command prompt by typing “Perfmon”. It will allow you to monitor all kinds of computer operations including the Pagefile. Use Perfmon’s build-in help to learn how to use it. It is not very difficult at all. Pay particular attention to the Paging File % Usage Peak value. What I recommend is to start Perfmon and enable the % Usage Peak counter. Then minimize Perfmon for at least day and go about your normal computer business. At the end of day check to see what the % Usage Peak value is. Use this value to calculate how much of the Pagefile was used. For example if the % Usage Peak is 25% then the amount used of a 6GB Pagefile would be (.25 x 6) 1.5GB. Therefore, the minimum size you could make the Pagefile should be about 1.5GB. But keep in mind that is the minimum size. You should make it a little bigger. Increasing that by another 20% should provide enough wiggle room to cover most future Pagefile needs. So in this example increasing the 1.5GB by another 20% would mean using a size of 1.8GB for the Pagefile. You could then move that onto a RAM Disk. In conclusion, in most cases I think you’ll be surprised at how little that Pagefile is really used particularly by Windows7.

          “RamDisk Plus DOES NOT page itself to the hard drive … ever. Otherwise that WOULD make RamDisk Plus useless! Also, memory used by RamDisk Plus is exclusive. That means only RamDisk Plus can use the memory give to it. The OS nor can any programs gain access to memory being used by RamDisk Plus. For these two reasons is why RamDisk Plus can provide such high I/O performance.”

      • Wow!! frj1371 – You want to challenge support here, on Raxco’s performance claims and the wisdom of using vs not using Ramdrive. Yet you make some rather radical statements yourself.

        You suggest people with enough ram could “then just turn off the pagefile and let Windows due it’s own caching.” Not a well informed suggestion at all! I have “never” successfully run w/o a pagefile, because INEVITABLY a program will be run, which REQUIRES a pagefile be in place and it is frustrating as hell when that moment pops up. Is this really a viable option for PC novices reading your ideas? I suggest you read the pagefile brief provided in this thread, by Lauren Lembo, it is elementary enough to be understood by anyone and very insightful.

        frj1371 – you said “Some users may not even be aware that their system/motherboard comes with a free ramdisk driver, like from ASRock.” – LMFAO, I have been jacking with puters for almost 20 years and built almost all my PC’s from scratch. I have to tell ya, the inclusion of a ramdisk driver with a motherboard is news to me. Sure, some non-proprietary OS’s may include a driver, but it’s hardly worth mentioning to the PC novices who don’t know the difference between a command line and a hairline.

        I’m left wondering what your point was, for posting your arguments here?
        Are you a competitor here to bash?
        Are you some geek wanna be, posting where ever you can, to feed your need to feel intelligent?

        Is this the proper venue for “me” to post a drawn out explanaition on the “BEST” way to setup a swap file? Such as, on a separate HD from the primary OS drive? Or, how about making the min and max size the same, so the system doesn’t keep resizing it? I could go on and on with justification and specifics, on just those two points, but this is not the venue for that topic.

        Can we save these discussions/opinions for a proper venue, so this area can be used for it’s intended purpose, to help those needing guidance on the proper “USE of the product?

      • Heya chris.

        Not sure what you think this section is for. It is for comments. It is not just a “How do I” forum. It is here for Raxco to collect and answer comments from users of their product. this IS the proper venue for a comment like his (and yours).

        Frj1371′s COMMENT was about wisdom of the Raxco’s advice to put a swap file in their ramdrive. It is a view that I partially share as well though I am note going to go out and tell users to use WIndows x64 or turn off their swapper altogether (I have, but I have the hardware to support that). One thing I absolutely agree with him on is the fallacy and misleading advice Raxco is providing possible novices regarding the benefits of putting the swapper into a ramdrive.

        Think about why that swapfile is there in the first place. If an OS has to swap out memory pages a lot, does it make sense to turn around and reserve a large part of that scarce memory and drop a tiny swapfile in it? And when you are memory constrained does it really make sense to reserve a large part of that from your applications for a ramdrive? Creating the ramdrive will slow things down by causing virtual memory thrashing. Does it then make sense to put an undersized pagefile in that ramdrive if you do? Would you not get better performance by leaving the memory available for apps?

        If you have enough memory that you can get away with undersized swapfiles, you are not hitting the page file much. Any performance enhancement would be marginal. Certainly not Raxco’s claimed 50x improvement.

        If you need to use a swapfile, there are things you can do to make access to it faster, but they ALL involve adding hardware. A ram disk is not the way to do it since the only time you can feasibly put a swapper in a ramdisk is when you really don’t need it enough to get decent performance gains from the exercise. You are better off using that ramdrive for things like temp files and your browser history / cache.

        Putting temp files in a ramdrive does give you a huge performance boost for those operations that use temp files such as installing software. Here you will get that 50x improvement over a winchester-based hard disk, but ONLY when the programs and OS are accessing those files. You do NOT get 50x, or even 5x performance improvement at any other time.

        That is all advice from someone that has been working with computer hardware and software since long before IBM trademarked the name “PC” — about 30 years. I do know a thing or two about it ;)

  7. I tried this program and it did very little for my speed so I removed the RAMDisk drive. Now all of my Office applications give me temp file errors. For example: “Outlook could not create the work file. Check temp environment variable”.

    This happened the first time I tried and removed it, but I was able to fix it with the registry (yes, I am very experienced and know what I am doing). The next time I removed the RAMDisk drive, I had to fix it in the registry again, but this time, it did not work. I still get these errors when opening any Office products.

    I love PerfetDisk, but am not happy when I remove a trail program that breaks things.

    Barry

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      Barry, I am having support look into this. Will have them contact you directly or I will have an answer for you here ASAP.

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      Barry, Let me know if customer support has helped resolved your issue. I also just received a response from the developer: “Though RamDisk looks like a hard drive in Windows Explorer it is not. As quickly and easily can a RamDisk be added it can also be removed. The temptation can be strong to just remove it at whim. But once RamDisk has been configured for some kind of use then that usage setup/configuration must be reversed BEFORE removing the RamDisk. Else the user will witness many such error messages.”

  8. Hi there

    I am trying now to configure RamDisk Plus to use it for the pagefile of my XP 32 bit. The problem that I am facing is that appaerantly, the windows during the very early stage of the bootup, try to create the pagefile on the path that I have configured ( the drive letter of the ramdisk). Appaerently the RamDisk is still has not been created so the windows will force himself to create a pagefile in the C drive, despite that I have disabled the pagefile in C: and specified a minimum and maximum pagefile size just in the Ramdrive.

    So briefly, the problem is that I cannot configure the pagefile to be created on the ramdrive when the windows restarts. I tried the mount point method (mounting the ramdrive volume in a folder in the c drive and configuring the pagefile path to this folder in c which is practically the ramdrive and not the c drive) and did not work either .

    You have mentioned that ramdrive plus supports pagefile system. How can this be done?

    Thanks a lot
    Haider

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      Hi Haider. You say the RAM disk has not been created? All of the instructions listed here, including putting the pagefile on RamDisk Plus should be done after creating a RAM disk.

      To add a RAM disk, in the RamDisk Plus user interface, click the green button with the + sign or choose Add from the Action menu:

      • Specify the size of the RAM disk, in megabytes (1000 MB = 1 GB)
      • Specify whether to zero memory when removed or restored (this wipes out the contents of your RAM disk)
      • Specify the drive letter to assign the RAM disk (defaults to next available drive letter for your system)
      • Specify the file system to format the RAM disk (defaults to NTFS, this works for most people)
      • Specify whether to save at system shutdown (preserves data on RAM disk but shutdown will take longer)

      Let me know if you need any help after trying this!

      • Hi,

        Thanks for the reply. Probably I was not accurate in my statement. I have created Ramdisk and it works perfectly. When I said that the ramdisk is not created during the bootup, I meant that the Ramdisk will not be created early enough during the bootup of the system (or the pagefile is not available to the system early enough during the bootup). My windows is XP 32bit SP3 with 6GB RAM. I have created the RAMdrive for the non-usable 2.9 GB to be used for the pagefile.

        What I did is the following:
        I have created the RAMdrive V:. I have tested it by copying and moving files to this drive. It worked perfectly.
        I configured the advanced settings of the windows to put the swapfile on a RAMdrive V: , and set C: to have no swapfile. Restarted the windows to make the changes.

        But I just noticed c:pagefile.sys STILL EXISTS and its over 3GB! I checked virtual memory settings, and according to that, no pagefile exists for c: (the only one shown, is on the ramdrive)

        I can’t delete c:pagefile.sys – when I try, I get a message saying: “Cannot delete pagefile. It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again.”

        I’ve tried setting ClearPageFileAtShutdown on (1) and off (0) in the registry, and neither value makes any difference.

        I think, the problem is that the ramdrive has to exist before the pagefile is setup during each subsequent bootup. Windows, while booting creates my ramdrive. It also creates my pagefiles. It seems that there is some fuzziness in the timing of this process. If it has been shutdown with 1 pagefile, resident on the ramdrive, and it startsup and can’t find the ramdrive then instead it puts a full size, windows managed pagefile on drive c: When I look at the settings it doesn’t show that I wanted one there … but I get it anyway. RAMdrive doesn’t seem to get created early enough, so Windows creates a default pagefile on C:, and no pagefile on the ramdrive.

        I made some googling about this issue and it seems that it is a common concern for using RAMdisk Plus for the pagefile. The problem has been mentioned by several users as early as 2008 and 2009. I hoped that probably recently you made some resolution for this important issue. The MOST important application for this software is to use it for the pagefile. For me to increase the speed of the system (Hard drive is ~50-100 times slower) and for the others with SSD to decrease the wear and tear of the SSD.

        Thanks
        Haider

        • Lauren Lembo says:

          Hi Haider, sorry for the confusion. I have notified tech support of your issues. Someone in our support department will be contacting you via email. I will let you know when they have responded to me. Thanks!

        • frj1371 says:

          All I can say is this silliness with pagefiles goes away with 64-bit Windows 7. Why not just upgrade to that so you can use all your memory?

        • Lauren Lembo says:

          Hello Haider, Susie in customer support told me that she emailed you this morning. Let me know if you guys get to the bottom of this. Thanks!

  9. Hello,
    I didnt understand the procedure “How do I speed up temp file access?”. Will someone be so kind to explain it precisely?
    Thanks Arno

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      Hi Arno, to be more specific, this would speed up Windows performance. When you click on Computer or My Computer, you will see either Properties or System Properties, click that. Then click Advanced System Settings, go to the Advanced tab and click on the Environment Variables… button. Edit the value for TEMP and TMP and put the RAM disk drive letter there (ex. G: or whatever the drive letter is for the RAM disk you use for this).

      • Hi Lauren, the variable value for boyh Temp and TMP is %USERPROFILE%AppDataLocalTemp. Where to put the drive letter.

        • Lauren Lembo says:

          Replace that whole string with the drive letter. Example: G:

          Or you can create a temp folder on the drive and put G:temp

  10. Philip King says:

    As I understand it, there is normally no point to having more than 4 GB of memory on XP 32, but if you have Ramdisk and 8 GB of memory, can you put 4 GB on the ramdisk and have the computer recognize and use all 8 GBs?

    Would there be any advantage to that?

    • Hi Philip — RamDisk Plus uses patent-pending technology to access memory beyond the limitation imposed by a Windows 32-bit operating system. This means RamDisk Plus can use the “unmanaged” Windows memory (e.g. above 4GB). It can also use the stubbornly inaccessible memory between 3.2GB and 4GB.

      Thanks.

  11. Lauren said “Plus, there are no RAM disk products out there that allow you to use the unmanaged memory, which RamDisk Plus does. This allows a customer to use memory that is not normally available to the O/S for storing data in RAM.”

    Simply not true – I am using a FREE RAM disk product (Gavotte) on 32bit XP which gives me a 1gb RAM Disk utilising the RAM that 32bit XP wouldn’t make use of.

    The more annoying thing is that your comment is from 2012 and the Gavotte RAM disk has been out for many, many years – but hey, gavotte is free…

    ps wonder if this comment will make it to the board

    • Hi Chris,

      Only spam or comments we wouldn’t want children to read don’t make it to the board; that’s the only reason for the approval process. I’m not familiar with Gavotte but will check it out. Presumably it’s not using RamDisk’s patents…

      • I’ve no idea if it’s using RamDisk’s patents – from what I can tell it has been around for a good few years so it may depend on who was here first (if they were first but using what you have a patent for they may claim prior art – IANAPL!!)

  12. Bonjour,
    Why don’t you reply to Haider on this page? Is it a real problem? I’m intersting to buy memory module rather than Win7 and its attendant problems. So, your ramdrive could be a nice alternative to boost a PC.
    - Haider reply ?
    - Ramdisk could access to memory between 3.2 and 4GB, seems ok, but is this memory could be used by programs?
    - Ramdisk could access to memory above 4Gb. It’s not very clear. If I add 4GB RAM module, is Ramdisk Plus could use it and make it disponible to other apps? or is it only to use this memory as drive ?
    Thanks

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      Hi Jeff,

      Haider’s issue was resolved by our customer support team, directly with Haider, off of the blog. I am trying to track down their answer for you so I can post it here.

      RamDisk Plus can use all the RAM trapped above 3.2 GB in 32-bit systems. So if you add 4GB of RAM, RamDisk Plus should be able to use that for whatever purposes you configure it for.

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      Hi Jeff, I just got word from Susie in customer support that Haider never responded to her email. I will send your questions to support so they can help you directly. Thanks!

  13. I forgot to say that I am on Win XP Pro SP3

  14. Hi Lauren, thanks for your help. Susie answered me by email about how to use memory between 3,2 et 4GB with software, probably an automatic answer. Thanks, I’m still waiting from customer support.

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      Jeff, Susie is in our customer/technical support department and she replied to you based on the information I sent to her, which you posted here. I also told her you wanted an answer to the question Haider asked. If you respond to her directly with specific questions, she can provide a more thorough and detailed response.

  15. i wan to use huve excell file on Ramdisk. my question is, do i need to install ms excel on Ramdisk or moving my file on Ramdisk will be enough to have performance gain?

  16. Hi Lauren, you’re doing a great job of handling all the queries in this blog.

    I experienced quite a few problems from trialing RAMdisk Plus, even though I think the product works fine when configured properly. My configuration is Windows 7 32 bit with 4 GB of RAM and four 7200 RPM disk drives, with no drives that are SSD. The product was installed as per the online instructions that you provide, choosing the option to zero out the disk when removed or restored and to use the memory between 3.2 and 4 GB. I did not have the RAMdisk saved to a file upon system shutdown. I think this is where things went wrong.

    Other settings were: removed paging file on C Drive, put fixed size paging file of 900 MB on RAMdisk, and put fixed size paging files on my other three drives to come up to the recommended virtual memory size of 4160 MB as recommended by the virtual memory advice from Windows 7. In addition to the paging file on the RAMdisk, I had the Windows Internet Explorer temporary files folder running from the RAMdisk.

    Everything appeared to be working fine the first day of use, until I walked away from the computer and it eventually timed out and shut down. When I rebooted there were all sorts of indexes and files that had to be automatically fixed by Windows during start-up. And I lost my antivirus protection by Norton Internet security. Another program that stored virtually through the cloud wouldn’t work (it was from Nuance as part of an OmniPage installation, but I don’t really need it and I’m not concerned about it.). I also was unable to use the deinstall programs functionality of Windows 7!

    Running the SFC/scannow Windows utility resolve a lot of the corrupted files, but not all. Norton appears to be working, although Windows 7 still says that the antivirus is not turned on, even though Norton says it is. All this from the configuration of RAMdisk Plus! Not happy! However, I still hope that you can give me a proper configuration installation instructions. For example, should I choose the zero out option for RAMdisk when the file is removed or restored? And should I have the image file created of RAMdisk upon shutdown? (I don’t mind the extra load time of that this creates on start up.). Also, what is the intended functionality of the loading of RAMdisk in a menu system? Is this for situations where you have multiple RAMdisks backed up? If so, what’s the difference between loading a RAMdisk and restoring a RAMdisk?

    Help! Please just tell me how I should configure my system, given that I don’t mind the extra start up and shut down time when the RAMdisk is saved to hard disk. One item of particular concern is: Should I be choosing the zero out or auto wipe functionality? I just want to have fast Windows performance and browsing. (However, I really want to avoid the problems that one user had with from putting Windows temp files on the RAMdisk and having subsequent problems encountered their Microsoft office installation.).

    I will be upgrading my memory to 8 GB if I am happy with this trial period of RAMdisk Plus.

    Many thanks in advance for your help!

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      Hi Steve, thank you…I have asked tech support for a little help on this, will be replying here ASAP!

    • Lauren Lembo says:

      Steve, Michael may be contacting you shortly via email or I will post his response here if he sends it to me. Thanks!

      • Great! Thank you. I just have one modification to my previous comment. The RAMdisk size was initially set at 900 MB, and the paging file size was fixed at 700 MB. Configuration I am trying now is fixed paging file on C Drive at 400 MB, RAMdisk paging file size fixed at 600 MB with RAMdisk size at 800 MB, along with a paging file on another disk drive fixed at 3606. This gives me a virtual memory size overall at 4606 MB, which is what is the recommended allocation by Windows 7 performance options.

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