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SoftPerfect RAM Disk 3.4.7

Create a super-fast virtual drive using your PC's memory

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: $49 (Windows)
Date Updated: 30 October 2015
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Developer: SoftPerfect Research
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SoftPerfect RAM Disk
Create a super-fast virtual drive using your PC's memory

SoftPerfect RAM Disk is a straightforward tool that allows you to create virtual drives based entirely on your PCs memory.

These drives then look just like any other; they'll appear in Explorer, you can drag and drop files there, or use them to store temporary files created by Windows or your applications. But because RAM performs so much better than conventional hard drives, your RAM disk could be hundreds of times faster in some situations.

So why bother? You could use a RAM disk to hold an application's temporary files, for instance. If it makes heavy use of these then this could greatly improve its performance.

And the program could also be useful for privacy reasons. Reconfigure your browser to store its session data on the RAM disk, say, and it'll run faster, but when you reboot your PC then your browsing history will disappear. (Although if that's a problem for you, don't worry, you're able to create persistent RAM disks which case their contents to your hard drive when your PC shuts down.)

Beware, though, there's a potential problem. The RAM Disk uses your system memory, and if you don't have enough (and most people don't) then taking away more RAM to create a virtual disk will slow you down.

The program is now free for personal use - commercial licenses cost $49.

Version 3.4.7 (Changelog):
 

  • Added Windows 10 compatibility and fixed issues with the product.
  • Added executing *.bat and *.cmd files in automatically started apps.
  • Allowed to manually save data to image even when data persistence is off.
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SoftPerfect RAM Disk may help to improve your PC's performance in some situations. (Though it might also slow you down, so be careful.)

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