Help a Newbie Create a RAMDisk

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  1. Posts : 5,075
    21H1 64 Bit Home
       #21

    NavyLCDR said:
    What if one were to manually move the pagefile to the ramdisk?
    I did exactly that on windows 7. It worked fine except you get a slow boot because it has to be recreated (if using a non persistent RAMdisk)

    I used Swapadd for that.

    Tools and utilities for Windows

    Personally I did try it on Windows 10 (SSD) but there was no substantial performance increase unlike on Windows 7 (SATA) where everything was crazily fast.
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  2. Posts : 5,075
    21H1 64 Bit Home
       #22

    Page file tested (Windows 7)

    The Windows 7 Pagefile And Running Without One - TweakHound

    On my current machine I find that having no page file makes no difference.

    The last comment makes sense.

    IMHO the average user (who is not going to test it) is best served by leaving the pagefile at its default setting of System Managed size.
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  3. Posts : 3,840
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #23

    I am going to drop a link that we use with WinPE Media..
    ImDisk Toolkit download | SourceForge.net
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  4. Posts : 235
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #24

    Callender,

    A lot of great suggestions. Did you try any other RAMDisk software besides SoftPerfect? I heard good things about Primo and OSFMount.

    Anybody can compare and contrast?


    Callender said:
    Page file tested (Windows 7)

    The Windows 7 Pagefile And Running Without One - TweakHound

    On my current machine I find that having no page file makes no difference.

    The last comment makes sense.
    - - - Updated - - -

    Sorry for the stupid question but is that another RAMDisk you think I should try? What does WinRE have anything to do with it?

    Kyhi said:
    I am going to drop a link that we use with WinPE Media..
    ImDisk Toolkit download | SourceForge.net
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  5. Posts : 13,556
    Windows10
       #25

    CerebralFreeze said:
    Can You Tell Me Who I Should Pick?
    It's a battle of wits. The person above says that creating a RAMDisk caused his computer to go lightning fast.

    On the other hand, Cerebrus, although he sounds like he's never created a RAMDisk before, is purely speculating that RAMDisks won't make any difference based on his vast knowledge of computers. Who should I believe?

    Possibly biased but definitive observation VS pure speculation based upon genius level knowledge of computers?

    Who should I believe based upon sound logical reasoning?

    ***By the way, if you have anything noteworthy to say about the quality of specific RAMDisk programs over another, please let me know!!! I beg you!


    Money is Not Allowed. But Slavery was not Prohibited!
    My post originally offered money for help. But, the moderator said that this was against their policy and he modified my title and post. However, the moderator never mention anything about slavery! If you could determine the best RAMDisk software and then help me set it up, I'll be your permanent online slave. My life is yours if you so wish it. I will follow you around every website you visit and I will do your bidding - whatever you need. If you want me to constantly call you master and praise your great qualities in threads like this, I will. Deal?
    Do not insult me.

    I have tried RAMDisks - they do SFA in my experience.
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  6. Posts : 5,075
    21H1 64 Bit Home
       #26

    Well I tried other RAMdisks on Windows 7 including imdisk and a couple of others. Softperfect's was the easiest and most reliable to use. As I said already I tried it on Windows 10 and except for slightly faster browsing and improved privacy with contents cleared on shutdown (you can just move browser cache to RAM anyway without a RAMdisk) - it made little difference so I removed it.

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    All you can do is test it yourself and see if it makes any difference.

    For me with 4Gb RAM (SSD) it wasn't worth dedicating a chunk of that to a RAMdisk however on Windows 7 (SATA) I found it to be a huge benefit.
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  7. Posts : 3,910
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #27

    NavyLCDR said:
    I agree EXCEPT.... What if one were to manually move the pagefile to the ramdisk?
    Good question!

    Yes, this can be done to reduce the writes to the SSD. However, the speed of older system RAM might be slower than the SSD's silicon.
    I tried this on one of my systems long ago and I didn't notice any perceptible difference in speed or SSD longevity.

    W10 does a good job managing Virtual Memory on it's own. Free RAM is used first before going to SSD/HDD, anyway.

    You can try it and see. Use Process Lasso (free) or Process Monitor to monitor it.

    All of my systems have between 24-64 GB of RAM - depending on the application.



    @Callender - just another piece of software to sell.
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  8. Posts : 5,174
    Windows 11 Home
       #28

    Callender said:
    RE: Installing programs to RAMdisk.

    I could only ever get portable apps to run.
    I used soft symlinks, which act like shortcuts, so Windows thinks, that they are in the original locations.

    Code:
    takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "%AppData%\Discord" /r /d y
    icacls "%AppData%\Discord" /inheritance:r /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
    icacls "%AppData%\Discord" /inheritance:e /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
    xcopy "%AppData%\Discord" "Z:\Discord" /s /i /y
    rd "%AppData%\Discord" /s /q
    mklink /d "%AppData%\Discord" "Z:\Discord"
    
    takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "%LocalAppData%\Yandex" /r /d y
    icacls "%LocalAppData%\Yandex" /inheritance:r /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
    icacls "%LocalAppData%\Yandex" /inheritance:e /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
    xcopy "%LocalAppData%\Yandex" "Z:\Yandex" /s /i /y
    rd "%LocalAppData%\Yandex" /s /q
    mklink /d "%LocalAppData%\Yandex" "Z:\Yandex"
    Create Soft and Hard Symbolic Links in Windows
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  9. Posts : 3,840
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #29

    What does WinRE have anything to do with it?
    WinPE & WimRE are both considered Ramdisk OS environment's
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  10. Posts : 3,910
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #30

    TairikuOkami said:
    I used soft symlinks, which act like shortcuts, so Windows thinks, that they are in the original locations.

    Code:
    takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "%AppData%\Discord" /r /d y
    icacls "%AppData%\Discord" /inheritance:r /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
    icacls "%AppData%\Discord" /inheritance:e /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
    xcopy "%AppData%\Discord" "Z:\Discord" /s /i /y
    rd "%AppData%\Discord" /s /q
    mklink /d "%AppData%\Discord" "Z:\Discord"
    
    takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "%LocalAppData%\Yandex" /r /d y
    icacls "%LocalAppData%\Yandex" /inheritance:r /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
    icacls "%LocalAppData%\Yandex" /inheritance:e /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
    xcopy "%LocalAppData%\Yandex" "Z:\Yandex" /s /i /y
    rd "%LocalAppData%\Yandex" /s /q
    mklink /d "%LocalAppData%\Yandex" "Z:\Yandex"
    Create Soft and Hard Symbolic Links in Windows
    Nice!
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