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How To Create A RAM Disk Using SoftPerfect RAM Disk

This is a step-by-step guide on creating a RAM disk using the SoftPerfect RAM Disk software. We chose this software because it's not only very user-friendly, it is also free for non-commercial use. You can use other RAM disk software without any issue - fundamentally, they work the same way.

  1. Download and install the latest version of the SoftPerfect RAM Disk software (at the bottom of their product page).

  2. Open up your usual load of applications and documents, and a few other applications that you don't use so often. The idea is to see how much free memory is available while they are all running at the same time.

  3. Run the SoftPerfect RAM Disk software. You will see the following screen.
    Note the amount of free memory at the bottom. This gives you an indication of how big your RAM disk can be.

SoftPerfect RAM Disk

  1. Click on the large green + button at the upper left corner of the screen. This adds a new RAM disk that will be automatically mounted when Windows boots up.

RAM Disk - Adding a new disk

  1. The Add/Edit Disk screen will pop-up. Again, note that amount of free memory available to create a RAM disk. In this example, a 3 to 4 GB RAM disk would be a good option.

RAM Disk - Add Disk

  1. In this example, we chose to create a 2 GB RAM disk with the NTFS file system. You can choose to use any drive letter that's available.

RAM Disk - Add Disk settings

  1. Once you are done, click OK and you will be taken back to the main screen. SoftPerfect RAM Disk will automatically create, format and mount the new RAM disk. You should now see the new RAM disk mounted - drive O in this example.

RAM Disk - After adding new RAM disk

That's it! You are done. You have successfully created a RAM disk. You can now try it out by copying files to it, or out of it. Revel in how fast it feels.

This is just the first step though, because you will need to set Windows to use it to store its temporary files. You can also set your Internet browsers to store their file caches there. Click on to the next page to learn how to do that.

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The RAM Disk Guide


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