Free RAMDisk Version 2.2 and 'Extended' Versions available at http://www.ramdisk.tk
Posted by CGhijselinck
on 02/27/2004 03:00am
If http://www.ramdisk.tk cannot be accessed, try one of the mirror sites at :
Is this possible? I think windows xp would work alot faster if you could use a ramdrive for the swap.
Posted by Rick-guru
on 01/23/2006 11:36pm
The question was "Is this possible?"
XP can only use 2GB of physical RAM so the only time it would be beneficial to do this is when you have more then 2GB. I now have 4GB and notice great improvements in the XP response time when I create a 2GB RAM drive from the upper 2 GB and use it as swap space. If I turn off the swap file the system slows to a crawl. If I use a large swap file XP starts swapping after 2GB are used and leaves the other 2GB free and un-utilized.
Or you can just turn the swap file off and stick to the memory you have in-system, which accomplishes the same task with much less overhead and inconvenience.
I'd like a little of whatever Rick is smoking, too.
it's absolutely possible...there are free ram discs from microsoft, as well as after market ram discs from second party comapanies...this idea has been experimented with by ms to no avail, and the notion was discarded as a perfomance liability.
the ram disc will take the ram out of memory use whatever ram you allocate to the ram disc
the os will obviously allow smaller working sets for all your apps since it has less ram to work with. (if you didn't know this, the more ram you have, the bigger the working sets allocated to your useage...more features are available in any given program to people that have more ram...wherefore, if you have a gig of ram, you are using more ram then I am with 512)
also, you will obviously need to access the pagefile sooner, since you have less available ram for use then you would have without the ram disc
you are using ram to store ram information...think about that...pretty rediculous.
now, there are people that have found benefit to a ram disc, though as a whole the os will slow down.
you see, when you minimize a window, xp assumes you will not be coming back to that window for a while.
it will agressively release the working sets of minimized windows, and when you maximize, say a half hour later, the window will have to be paged in.
a ram disc will circumvent that strategy, as pagining back in will come from the ram disc.
so, some people like this;
however, the proper way to handle this strategy is to simply not minimize windows that you want the ram information to remain resisident.
as long as you don't minimize, the working set is not aggressively relesed.
this is a tool that most people do not realize is available to xp
you can actually release the ram of programs that you want to leave open, but don't think you'll access in a while, simply by minimizing the program.
I find your RAMDISK Version 1.0 for Windows 2000/Windows XP on CodeGuru, but this version make the ramdisk less than 64M, as the other one said, I can't open the URL that you gave too, So, Can you mail the last version RamDisk to me?
Thank you any way!