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Dataram RAMDisk 4.4.0 RC36

Store files and settings in an unused portion of your memory for a speed boost

Rating:
Operating Systems:
Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP
License:
Freeware
Developer:
Dataram
Software Cost:
Free
Category
System & Desktop Tools
Date Updated:
10 February 2016
Downloads To Date:
54732
Languages:
English
Download Size:
7.11 MB

It doesn’t matter how fast or powerful your computer is: you can fit the latest bleeding-edge processor, graphics card and motherboard, pack it full of as much RAM as you can afford and install a 64-bit operating system to take full advantage, there’s still one major bottleneck in your computer: the hard drive.

Hard drives have got quicker over time, but they’re still painfully slow compared to the rest of your system: that’s why extra RAM makes such a difference to performance, as data stored in your memory chips is lightning fast compared to the relative slothful nature of your hard drive.

A RAM disk is exactly that: a portion of your memory reserved for storing files and settings, just as if it were a hard drive. Loading data from this virtual drive is much quicker, which can result in improved performance, although you have to accept that you’ll have less RAM to play with as a result, which can have a knock-on effect for performance elsewhere. It’s also worth mentioning that RAM is a volatile storage medium: once power is switched off, the data stored in it is lost, so it’s important you take suitable precautions to protect any data stored within it.

Dataram RAMDisk takes all of this into account: launch the configuration utility, set a size for your RAM disk, then switch to the Load and Save tab – tick both load and save options to ensure the data within your RAM disk is stored on your hard drive, and tick AutoSave for additional protection. Once done, click Start RAMDisk and your virtual disk will be created and accessible via Windows Explorer, complete with its own drive letter.

It’s simple to use and implement – what you store within it is up to you, but you’ll find programs load quicker if their settings are stored within the RAM disk; transfer your browser’s temporary files cache to your RAM disk for example and you can speed up your browsing by as much as 20 per cent. Make sure you read the manual first (available from the Help menu) as it contains some useful information about System Restore and other potential problems you may encounter.

Important: the program is freeware for RAM disks up to 1GB in size, which should be ample for most people’s needs: if you want to create larger RAM disks, you’ll need to register for the Pro version, which costs US$9.99.

Verdict:

A reasonable RAM disk creation tool that’s simple to configure and set up, but it could be more pro-active with dealing with potential problems like System Restore.

Your Comments & Opinion

This is not useful anymore
29 August 2018 01:46, kymbob
I created a login just to comment on this.
Its now 2018, a 1GB Ram Disk is totally useless.
and if you want remove this software you have to restart your server, REAL PAIN.
Ignore the comment below
11 February 2017 19:52, Paul Bartley
the user JINU doesn't know what he/she is on about.. they obviously only have a little experience with windows/computers. Anyone with 4Gb and 64-Bit OS will have the entire 4Gb at their disposal (except for few MB's which is reserved for hardware), I have 8Gb installed, its only with 32-Bit OS you only see 3.5-3.75Gb or less, that is a limitation of 32-Bit and why nearly all computers come with 64-bit OS these days.

There are many occasions when someone might want to use a RAMdisk.. myself for example, I dont want the browser cache using excessive writes to my 'write-limited' TLC SSD, so I use RAMdisk with 1Gb used and have installed Opera into it (so its caching and installed there), the RAMdisk is saved at shutdown and loaded at boot (but I use sleep), this also speeds up web-page load times as they are cached directly into the faster RAM, if you dont have an SSD and use an HDD then this could speed up browsing for you quite a bit.
NORMAL USERS dont use this program
16 November 2012 08:09, jinu
entire programs works on RAM memory computer. its not C. DRIVE ( hard disk) which programs are running. programs are most integral part of a operating system. if programs are not working smoothly.its worthless to use this software
POINT 1
THIS APPLICATION MAKES UR RAM MEMORY INTO STORAGE DEVICE LIKE HARDISK MEMORY> VIRTUAL DISK . ITS DANGEROUS TO USE THIS APPLICATION WITH OUT BASIC KNOWLEDGE ABOUT RAM.

IF U USE RAM AS A STORAGE DEVICE. YOUR ENTIRE SYTEM BASED ON RAM WILL BE HANGING AND MORE COMPLIACTIONS ARE TO COME.(SYSTEM CRASH) MIMIMUM 3GB RAM IS NEEDED FOR A
NORMAL USER. IF HAVE A 4GB RAM IT CONTAINS ONLY 3453 RAM MEMORY REST IS RESERVED.
IF U WANT TO INCREASE UR BROWSING SPEED
PLEASE INSTALL MOZILLA AND TYPE DOWN
about:config in search bar. and increase ur cache memory to its maximum. and increase browsing speed in keeping temporary internet page cache files. i appreciate developers for ur good try of increasing user exp. but not try to cheat them by telling that it increases browsing speed.
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