RAMDisk is a straightforward and reliable piece of software that takes a portion of your system memory and uses it as a disk drive. It is able to speed up applications such as games, Internet Explorer cache for faster web surfing, audio or video editors, CAD programs, databases and software compilers. It is an ideal solution for users who need to wipe all the information stored in the new disk drive upon power loss or shutdown. Since RAMDisk cannot store any trace of information without power, you can rest assured that all your data will be lost. The main graphical interface provides you with four tabs you can make use of, namely ‘Settings’, ‘Load/Save’, ‘Event Log’ and ‘Options’. The first tab enables you to set the size of RAMDisk you want to create and choose its type such as ‘FAT16 Partition’, ‘FAT32 Partition’ or ‘Unformatted Partition’. For disks greater than 32MB, the second option will be automatically selected. Additionally, you are able to create a new TEMP directory and set the disk label according to your whims. However, in case you selected an ‘Unformatted’ partition, you are not able to create such directory. By accessing the ‘Load/Save’ tab you are able to configure the ‘Load Disk Image at Startup’ feature, which automatically saves the driver with the associated settings. The third tab, entitled ‘Event Log’, enables you to view the scanned entries of your Windows event log and filter all the RAMDisk related items. This way, you can understand why your disk have failed to start or stop when pressing the proper buttons located in the ‘Settings’ tab. Finally, the ‘Options’ tab enables you to configure the timeout value the configuration utility will use when the driver will start. However, since RAMDisk is a Windows resident program, you won’t be able to load Windows from it so you need to use this application properly. Still, it allows you to load a second OS instance using a multi-session utility. To sum things up, RAMDisk proves to be a steady and effective solution that comes in handy for users who need to turn their OS memory into a usable disk drive..
RAMDisk is the right product for you if you have a disk I/O bound application that is small enough to fit in main memory. RAMDisk is also great for storing frequently accessed data such as temp files, page files and database index files. RAMDisk was developed to be a kernel-level driver that presents a standard disk drive to the OS, however, it stores and retrieves data from the system RAM on your motherboard instead of an actual, physical disk. Along with the Kernel Driver is a GUI that talks to the driver and allows the user to set various options as well as start and stop the Driver (create or delete a RAMDisk). The Driver has been written to WDM standards and creates a low-level disk object that Windows Device Manager and Disk Management are able to “see” and manage. You can partition, format, mount a volume, and assign multiple drive letters to RAMDisk (but only if you would know how to do those things with a regular disk, RAMDisk does not do it for you). How much does RAMDisk speed up my Application? That varies by application and system, however, you should see a significant performance improvement with applications that are I/O bound and are not fully taxing the CPU or memory. Is my personal data safe? Yes! You can stop RAMDisk any time, assuring that all data sent to the RAMDisk during the prior session is instantaneously wiped. Once deleted, there is no way to recover data from RAMDisk. Can I boot my OS from RAMDisk? Not really. Since RAMDisk resides in Windows, you can’t load Windows from it. However, you can start a second instance of any OS from RAMDisk using VMWare or other Virtual OS tools.
Here are some key features of “RAMDisk”:
- Freeware version (up to 4 GB disk size). Disks larger than 4GB require registration and a license which can be purchased for $9.99 USD.
- Universal compatibility with Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. Universal compatibility means: All versions, releases, service packs, editions, and architectures (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Up to 32 GB RAMDisk (in registered/licensed mode)
- Save and load features allow RAMDisk to appear as persistent storage even through reboots
- Any Intel or AMD-based system with at least 512 MB RAM
- 4 GB disk size limit
- Several minor fixes implemented
- Updated user’s manual
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