Add A RAM Disk To Your Computer For Faster-Than-SSD Performance

Need more computer speed? Even if you're already rocking a fast SSD (one of the best upgrades you can make), you can still improve your computer's performance by adding more memory and turning it into a RAM disk.

We've previously mentioned how you can move caches to a RAM disk to increase your SSD's longevity. A RAM disk in addition to that can make your programs launch as much as twice as fast — whether you have an SSD or not.

Laptop Magazine offers the instructions for turning extra memory into a RAM disk. You'll need at least 6GB of RAM, a 64-bit system and RAM disk software, such as the free RAMDisk from DataRAM.

Performance tests by Laptop Magazine using the CrystalDiskMark benchmarking tool shows the RAM disk reading and writing even faster than an SSD. In real life, after setting up the RAM disk, you should notice applications launching much more quickly.

There are, however, some disadvantages to using RAM disks. As PCWorld points out, there's very limited storage capacity, and the random access memory is inherently volatile — you don't want to store important files on there. A RAM disk could also increase startup and shutdown times, because most utilities (optionally) save and reload the data to avoid losing it when the PC loses power. (PCWorld says Primo Ramdisk gets around this issue though.)

This is a cheaper upgrade than getting a new SSD, and the combination of SSD with RAM disk will take your computer performance to a whole new level. Hit up the link below for more details and the instructions to set up a RAM disk.

Faster Than an SSD: How to Turn Extra Memory into a RAM Disk [Laptop Magazine]


    Remember those old days of buying a RAMDisk card with a whole 32MB of RAM that would go into that football field long 32bit ISA slot?

      The good ol' Gigabyte i-RAM

    Isn't this only good if the computer never shuts down? ( Note: you will have to install common used software into the ram disk to achieve the said performance)

      The method describes writes an image to the RAMdisk when the computer boots, if you want to have programs stored there, and can be instructed to refresh the image from that logical drive periodically and/or upon shutdown. ^_^

      I use some Portable Apps copied to the Ram Disk when the PC starts up.
      yes it takes longer for startup, but the benefits are sweet.

    Used to do this with DOS back in the day, using the extended ram..

    Used to do this with my 1meg Amiga....... and loaded the entire OS onto it. No disk swaps

    I used the RAMdisk software on my HTPC. I run MediaPortal, and was getting laggy free-to-air when the HDD couldn't keep up with the incoming TV stream (writing the timeshifting buffer to disk). Fixed it up a treat!

    Last edited 20/12/12 9:51 pm

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