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Windows 7: RamDisk and Google.

21 Dec 2011   #1

windows 7 home premium 64bit
RamDisk and Google.


Just downloaded and installed RamDisk following this instructions :Guide * Windows 7 Ultimate Tweaks & Utilities *.

Since I do not know much about it my q is.............does this work with Chrome ? The instructions mention only IE and FireFox cache. Is this RamDisk a must have ?

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21 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit OS

In an article I recently read (at a website I won't mention) the Safari browser was
also mentioned and in an article on a different site (again which I won't mention)
they talked about Chrome being loaded to a RAM disk.

The recurring theme there was that yes Chrome could be loaded to a RAM disk however
it seemed that most people were having trouble keeping it stable in the sense that
after a certain period of time they had to reboot every time for it to actually work.

In my opinion, if you could load the whole OS to RAM disk then awesome, but from the
information I have seen about running browser cache from RAM disk then with the hardware
associated with new machines nowadays I personally wouldn't bother with it.
One test using Xbench was noted to have had results using random reads from RAM at
86.19mb/sec instead of 0.61mb/sec when the cache ran from the hard drive.
As I said earlier, with 6 or 8GB memory coming out on heaps of new machines now,
why would you bother, but then again I don't really know to much about it either.
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22 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 sp1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by barbarossa2241 View Post
Since I do not know much about it my q is.............does this work with Chrome ? The instructions mention only IE and FireFox cache. Is this RamDisk a must have ?
Yes this works with chrome.
How to use with chrome.
1. Create a folder on ram disk called Chrome Cache.
2. Right click on your Chrome short cut and open Properties.
3. In the Target box type this at the end. --disk-cache-dir="B:\Chrome Cache"
4. Replace B: with your ram drive letter. (note there is a space after the \chrome.exe")
5. Apply and click ok.

Example of target text. "C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --disk-cache-dir="B:\Chrome Cache"

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22 Dec 2011   #4

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Thank you guys. I am still deciding if I should use RamDisk or not. I do have 6 RAM memory and the Pc runs great so far. Oh, I do not play games on my PC.
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16 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit, Debian GNU/Linux 64bit (virtual machine on a RAM drive)

The reason I'm responding to this older thread is because it was one of the first ones listed when I did a Google search and therefor still relevant to others that may be interested in RAM drives.

To address the last post: You probably won't get much benefit from a RAM drive, especially since you don't have very much RAM on your computer (relatively speaking). However, if you're running XP, Vista, and/or 7 32 bit, then you could use the RAM over 4GB that Windows can't see as a RAM drive to at least get some use from it for something.

I use RAM drives to hold whole program installs that are frequently read from or written to, such as for games that often load different areas (textures, sounds, and so on) within the game to dramatically increase the game's performance.

The down side to this is that you have to first move data you want to the RAM drive before using it and that it won't save data in the drive after powering down the computer. It is possible however to set up automated drive backups that will save and reload the data for you when you shut down or start Windows. You can also do this manually.
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