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Windows 7: Question about setting up a RamDisk

05 Nov 2009   #1

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Question about setting up a RamDisk

Howdy ya'll! I did a search both here and google and while I found a lot of information regarding ram drives, I was unable to find an answer to the following:

I'm using Win7 32-bit on an HTPC. To speed up some of the 7MC functions/apps (such as media browser cache or liveTV buffering), I'm considering two options:

1) Using a USB flash drive - fairly easy it seems (at least for the media browser, not so sure on the liveTV buffering), and sounds like it will improve performance, so long as I use a flash drive with a good transfer rate.

2) Setting up a RamDisk.

Right now, I am running 4GB on my system. I understand the 4GB limit of 32 bit OS systems. However, many of the posts I have seen have said that you can set the RamDisk up in the 1GB or so that 32 bit OS systems don't really recognize in the 4GB. That's fine, but 1Gb isn't going to be enough space.

So, my question is, while the OS won't recognize any memory above 4GB for use as RAM, is it possible to still install more memory beyond the 4GB, and use it as the RamDisk? I have another 4GB gathering dust on desk right now, and I figured I might pop that in and use it.


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05 Nov 2009   #2


2) Yes, if your hardware supports that much ram and you install a ramdisk that supports "unmanged" memory above 4G.
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05 Nov 2009   #3

Win7 pro x64

Dataram RAMDisk works well with windows 7.
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05 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7

Sweet! Thanks!
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