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Windows 7: n00b RAMDisk Question

19 May 2010   #1
GheP

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 
n00b RAMDisk Question

Hello,

My first thread here, so here goes...

I have a WD Caviar 160GB 7200 HDD SATA. I see that RAMDisk can help performance by using some of the hard drive space as RAM. Now, here's my question -- is RAMDisk meant for only SSD drives or will it boost my performance with use on a 7200 spinner through SATA?


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19 May 2010   #2
GheP

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Lol I've activated my 3 gigs of RAMDisk through Ready Boost -- will this do anything for me or am I just being asinine?

*edit: i actually disabled this now -- it was making my HDD go berzerk.
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19 May 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I don't think there is much to be gained. Superfetch is your best bet. It kind of acts like a RAM Disk. For more info, see here.
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19 May 2010   #4
GheP

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Thank you for that link whs!

I currently have Superfetch enabled on my Windows 7 computer (isn't is on by default anyways?)

I have setup my RAMdisk to hold my firefox and explorer temp cache along with my temp files, but does anyone know how to setup RAMdisk to contain my Google Chrome temp cache? I use Chrome as my main browser!
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19 May 2010   #5
Krispy1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

it will help a little but u already have 4gb of real ram so not really gonna do much
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19 May 2010   #6
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I agree with Krispy1. Making a RAM disk on your system would show marginal improvements at best. You're running 4 gigs with a clock of over 3 GHz. You really aren't going to notice it.

Besides, allocating RAM away from Superfetch will ultimately slow down applications over all, rather than getting the performance increase that you're looking for.
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19 May 2010   #7
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GheP View Post
Hello,

My first thread here, so here goes...

I have a WD Caviar 160GB 7200 HDD SATA. I see that RAMDisk can help performance by using some of the hard drive space as RAM. Now, here's my question -- is RAMDisk meant for only SSD drives or will it boost my performance with use on a 7200 spinner through SATA?


SSD's. It will not show any improvement on a regular HD. Besides ram is always faster than HD.
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19 May 2010   #8
polarbear

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Agree... and also, you paid for the memory so you might as well use it... GL
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19 May 2010   #9
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Err..FYI: RAM disk = using RAM as a "disk", using disk as "RAM" is called "Virtual Memory" a.k.a Page File in Windows world. Assigning more PF to Windows might help you run programs that needs large memory requirement, but it can only do so much. HDD is the slowest storage system in our modern computer, so avoid using HDD as any kind of "RAM", it'll slow you down considerably. SuperFetch is a bit better than using HDD, it's got a great random access performance, but bad on throughput rate... The best solution is, put a lot of RAM in the machine...

zzz2496
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20 May 2010   #10
GheP

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the advice and clarification all!

Yes, after tinkering with RAMdisk I noticed my computer was running slower than it was without. So I uninstalled it and will not be using it! :P

Thanks zzz2496, I was confusing this with VM.
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