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    Question RAMDisk software

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    What ramdisk software do you use ?
    Any recommendations ?
    Prefer for freeware.

    I think this appropriate when you have more than 3 Gb RAM.
    Last edited by Surfer; 4th February 2010 at 21:27.

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    I use this:
    http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5072..._x86___x64_ZWT

    It seems that there're also some free ones on piratebay,
    if you search by "ramdisk".

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    Freeware ramdisk by Dataram:
    Installation file + free registration for full activation

    According to one Czech review, it's a bit slower than SuperSpeed.
    I am... Black_Fox... my discontinued benchmark
    "No one involved in computers would ever say that a certain amount of memory is enough for all time? I keep bumping into that silly quotation attributed to me that says 640K of memory is enough. There's never a citation; the quotation just floats like a rumor, repeated again and again." -- Bill Gates

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    Surfer, I have suspicion that you read my thoughts Few days ago I've collected a few RAMDisk software with thought in mind to create some kind of overview of it.

    My first RAMDisk software was Cenatek RAMDisk. Now its known as
    DataRAM RAMDisk
    Everything was fine with Cenatek version but there was one little problem - it was trial. It's easy to locate trial counter and remove it but its annoying. When Cenatek became DataRAM the software became free but another problem appeared. For example I had 1 GB of RAM. Since evel XP eats about 250 MBs I had only 750 MBs of free RAM. DataRAM allowed to create 424 MB maximum size disk with that. The reason was found in docs.
    The amount of memory reserved by RAMDisk for the OS is 512 MB. Therefore, the maximum size RAMDisk you can create = Installed RAM - 512 MB.
    So I decided to find an alternative. Currently I've tested only 3 of 7 and stuck with Gavotte RAMDisk v1.0.4096.5. Freeware, simple interface with basic functions, works in real-time, supports x64. Thats what I need. Seems there is no official page but author puts his version here. Can be also taken here.

    Don't touch AR RAMDisk. It works NOT in real-time. Yes yes, you need to reboot to make it work or to deactivate it. Even simple size change requires reboot.

    You can also try following:

    QSoft RamDisk
    Shareware, free version available but with with manual installation via .inf file and some limitations.
    http://www.ramdisk.tk/
    http://www.freeramdisk.com/
    http://members.fortunecity.com/ramdi...amdiskfree.htm

    SuperSpeed RamDisk (RamDisk Plus)
    Shareware, free version exists. Didn't tested yet but seems its very powerfull and quality product. Good music in ZWT keygen available...
    http://www.superspeed.com/desktop/ramdisk.php

    Ramdisk.sys driver for Windows 2000 from Microsoft
    Don't need to laugh. Yes its Microsoft, yes its limited to 64 MB but there are sources.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257405/en-us

    VSuite RAMDisk
    Shareware, free version exists. Didn't tested yet.
    http://www.romexsoftware.com/download/

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    Freeware for Russian users http://ramdisk.nm.ru/ramdiskent-rus.htm
    Last edited by Surfer; 5th February 2010 at 00:21.

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    Post ok

    i use the superspeed ramdisk
    it has many fine controls that can be used to prevent the inherent long term ramdisk use.

    superspeed also has a product called
    "SuperCache -it breaks the disk I/O bottleneck by using the computer's RAM to hold or contain the most frequently used disk data."

    the microsoft driver is free . and i think can be used in application for creating ramdisk through code.
    C# ,sql ,java,oracle,c++,uml

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    Hi,

    I use tmpfs, it's free software, but it's only for *nix.

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    i havwe considered gettign som physical ram disk. simply enoguh because my motherbarods does not allow me to install enough memory.

    currently im runnig with 12GB ram which only is enough for 7-zip 1gb Lzma2 2xthreads and i want to run with 8 threads.

    s? physsical ram disk with like 36GB ram and put swapfile on there should help a bit on the speed i hope

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    Quote Originally Posted by SvenBent View Post
    i havwe considered gettign som physical ram disk. simply enoguh because my motherbarods does not allow me to install enough memory.

    currently im runnig with 12GB ram which only is enough for 7-zip 1gb Lzma2 2xthreads and i want to run with 8 threads.

    s? physsical ram disk with like 36GB ram and put swapfile on there should help a bit on the speed i hope
    Sounds like a very bad idea, most likely running with fewer threads would be faster.
    1. Swapping in and out is a lot of OS work. And always needs a context switch, which takes loong. And with 2/3 of memory being swapped out, you'll need it VERY often.
    2. Filesystem parts of the OS were not optimized for RAM disks. Expect a lot of buffering and copying data from point to point.
    3. What interface would it have? All reasonable priced I know use SATA 1. Compared with onboard memory, bandwidth is a joke.

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    Starwind Software also have commercial product with RAM disk support. Recently Intel made 1 000 000 IOPS on iSCSI using this software
    http://communities.intel.com/communi...ats-not-a-typo

    BTW, the guys from Starwind grant free license to VMware VCP owners. I've got personal license this way

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