Quote: Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun
Quote: Originally Posted by fatedquest
You could set up a RAM disk. The program will set up Windows in such a way that it sees part of your RAM as a harddisk drive. Whatever you can do with a normal HDD, you can do with a Ramdisk. One very useful application of ramdisk is placing the program files in them so programs will load insanely fast. There are a few drawback though. Alot of programs are buggy and cause the computer to crash. You've to upload all the file in TO the ram disk FROM the HDD at every startup and then you've to rewrite back all the fill TO the HDD FROM the ramdisk at every shutdown. It's extremely time-consuming.
Is Ramdisk even useful with Windows 7? I mean, Windows 7 uses all available RAM before it uses the HDD anyway. Why make that RAM smaller, artificially let it use the RAM disk then? that maybe was a good XP trick, but Windows 7 uses RAM so well, no need to mess with it, you likely make matters worse. In addition, I don't know of free ramdisk software, most free one is limited to some 100 MB.
If you're talking about Prefetch and Superfetch, Windows 7 hardly uses all the available RAM. That was actually what went wrong with Windows Vista. Vista's Prefetch and Superfetch worked too hard, constantly analyzing user activity, populating the prefetch folder and worse of all, filling up the RAM with too much files at startup. That resulted in running programs having very little available work space. Windows 7 prefetch and superfetch are much smarter and less agressive. You will hardly see anyone having a startup memory footprint of more than one GB. In fact, one of my PCs starts up with 380MB of RAM without quite alot of startup programs.
There are free RAM disk programs. I can't remember the name since it's been a while since I used it. But I did set up a 512MB ramdisk and I don't remember there being a limit on it.