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Windows 7: Is it possible to boot windows from a ram disk?


21 Mar 2011   #1

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Is it possible to boot windows from a ram disk?

I watched this video on youtube where this guy had windows loaded on a ddr2 or ddr3 ram disk (i guess you would call it that) and windows booted in less than 4 seconds and programs opened up instantly. I have not one clue how he did it but would this be possible to do and put all of your everyday programs on it? Like your web browser, media center, and what ever else you use most often, and you put the rest of your programs on a ssd?


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21 Mar 2011   #2

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Do you have a link to the youtube video?
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21 Mar 2011   #3

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Considering Windows 7 eats up around 36GB of HDD space on a very fresh install without programs.. I highly doubt anyone really did this.. also it's RAM he's supposedly using? Not ROM? So I guess every time he restarts he has to re-install every Prog and his OS? If I belived everything I've seen on Youtube...

Now my SSD boots windows around 25ish seconds and progs open up really fast.. and my system is old. Maybe he has a nice setup, but 4 sec load time... thats sooo 2012
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21 Mar 2011   #4

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21 Mar 2011   #5

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21 Mar 2011   #6

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Could as well be edited. Hard to tell. To me it appears somewhat odd how the desktop all of a sudden materializes.
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21 Mar 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sordid View Post

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"So as soon as you turn off the power to your PC, all of the data is erased. You need to reload everything from scratch the next time you boot."
Cool idea... yet not fully working. By the time they get this working right.. SSD's will be faster
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21 Mar 2011   #8

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Maybe we can get a group together here to try and get it working, then we create a 64gb RD (ram disk) and we all become multi billionaires
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12 Jan 2012   #9

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"So as soon as you turn off the power to your PC, all of the data is erased"

If that is the biggest problem, it doesn't sound so bad. It should be easy enough to rearrange the power supply to keep the ram drive on. Or, how about using a USB data traveler or an SD card? My interest is not so much about booting quickly, but keeping away from gradual corruption of Windows until I have to re-install it. I would like to be able to shut down without seeing the message "saving your settings". Remember the good old days when the OS was in ROM? Every day, the OS was the same as the day before etc. I have not used Windows 7; maybe practice has made Microsoft perfect:-)
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12 Jan 2012   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JasonTodd View Post
Considering Windows 7 eats up around 36GB of HDD space on a very fresh install without programs.. I highly doubt anyone really did this.. also it's RAM he's supposedly using? Not ROM? So I guess every time he restarts he has to re-install every Prog and his OS? If I belived everything I've seen on Youtube...

Now my SSD boots windows around 25ish seconds and progs open up really fast.. and my system is old. Maybe he has a nice setup, but 4 sec load time... thats sooo 2012
My Dell Mini 9 Netbook only had an 8GB SSD and I was able to load Windows 7 Professional on it.
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