[Windows] Increase drive speed by creating superfast temporary RAM disks with RAMDiskSeptember 15, 2012 13 Email article | Print article
Your computer’s hard drive is slow. It’s even slow if you’ve upgraded to the next generation of disk drive technology, a solid state drive. What’s faster? Your computer’s RAM. That’s right–there’s technology that exists to temporarily create a storage space on your RAM, making for lightning speed access speeds with little input lag. RAMDisk is one free program that can get you there.
RAM drives are temporary data partitions created on your RAM. Since they reside in RAM, they don’t get saved when you shut down your computer, so be sure that autosave is enabled. After that, you can select sizes, formats, and more, allowing you to make your RAM drive all your own.
The free version of RAMDisk only lets you create RAM drives of up to 4GB (less if your memory doesn’t support it). However, since most people won’t be running their image distribution websites off of their free RAM drive, RAMDisk is probably perfect for things like small servers, high-speed applications, and more. It costs $18.99 for a license to get rid of the 4GB limit.
RAMDisk is a great program. Do note that, if you have a limited amount of RAM like I do, your computer will get almost unbearably slow while it’s running, as you’ll have almost no free RAM. It’s meant to run on much more powerful machines. For those with the powerful machines and a server to run, there’s almost no better speed increase you can get than switching to RAM drives like those created with RAMDisk.
Price: Free with $18.99 upgrade
Version discovered: v4.0.0
Supported OS: Windows XP+
Download size: 6.8MB
VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/41
Portability: Requires installation