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Windows 7: RAM drive for W7

24 Aug 2009   #1
EarlZ

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RTM
 
 
RAM drive for W7

Whats the best and most compatible RAM drive for 7 x64 ?


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24 Aug 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Hey Earlz

Why would you want to use a ram drive in win 7, given that it has prefetch?

Ken
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24 Aug 2009   #3
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

check this thread out: How to make a RAM drive in Win7 64?
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24 Aug 2009   #4
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Hey Earlz

Why would you want to use a ram drive in win 7, given that it has prefetch?

Ken

Prefetch isnt a ramdrive. Prefetch attempts to accelerate application and boot launch times respectively by monitoring and adapting to usage patterns over periods of time and loading the majority of the files and data needed by them into memory so that they can be accessed very quickly when needed.

Although it loads them into memory, its not in the same way a ramdrive would operate.
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24 Aug 2009   #5
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Prefetch isnt a ramdrive. Prefetch attempts to accelerate application and boot launch times respectively by monitoring and adapting to usage patterns over periods of time and loading the majority of the files and data needed by them into memory so that they can be accessed very quickly when needed.

Although it loads them into memory, its not in the same way a ramdrive would operate.
Understood. I know what a ramdrive does from my win95 days. Just curious why the OP wanted one.

Ken
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24 Aug 2009   #6
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Indeed, with todays hardware, I dont see the need for one.
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24 Aug 2009   #7
EarlZ

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RTM
 
 

For faster over all loading speed on my selected applications
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24 Aug 2009   #8
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EarlZ View Post
For faster over all loading speed on my selected applications
Ah so you want to put the app into ram drive so it will load faster. The one issue with ram drives is loss of data in a crash.

You have a 64bit OS with lots of ram. I just wonder what is causing your app to load slower than you like?

Ken
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24 Aug 2009   #9
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

With a 3.5ghz system such as yours, you really dont need to worry about load times. I have a 3ghz cpu and most of my programs load in a few seconds.

You could get a usb flash drive of 4gb or above and use that for readyboost. Readyboost also helps make certain applications load faster.
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24 Aug 2009   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Of course, while a more expensive option, those wishing for instant loading apps these days should consider the purchase of a SSD (solid state disk). While not ideal for the OS with the stuttering issues, for running and installing applications, it might just do the trick.
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