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Dataram RamDisk 4.0 now with Windows 8 support

Current prices for computer memory certainly make ramdisks an attractive alternative, considering that you get 8 Gigabytes of RAM for less than $40 these days, and 16 Gigabytes for about $70. While you may want to shell out a bit more for faster speeds and timings and all, it is fair to say that RAM is at an all time low right now.

Back to ramdisks. A ramdisk uses part of the computer's memory as a virtual drive. Once installed, you can install programs on the ramdisk, save files on it or process files that you have moved to the virtual drive.

There are several reasons why you'd want to do that. First, you benefit from better speeds when you run, modify or create files in the ramdisk. Second, you also benefit privacy-wise, as RAM disk storage is temporary by default so that everything that is stored inside is erased when the computer is powered down. Third, you can move caches and other write-intensive locations to the RAMDisk to reduce write operations on Solid State Drives or slow hard drives.

One program that you can use for the job is Dataram RAMDisk, which has just been released in a new version. The only new feature that this version introduces is support for Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows 8.

Lets take a look how you create a ramdisk using the program. The freeware version of the program supports ramdisks with a size of up to 4 Gigabytes. If you require more storage, you can purchase RAMDisk Professional for $18.99, or use a free alternative such as AR Ramdisk.

You need to run the configuration tool to create the ramdisk. Here you can specify the desired disk size, file system (Fat16, Fat32, unformatted), and boot sector settings.


A click on start ramdisk triggers a device driver installation which you need to accept. You will then find the ramdisk listed as one of your drives in Windows Explorer and other file managers. The ramdisk behaves just like any other drive on the system. You can install programs on the drive or work with files stored on it.  You can use the ramdisk to increase the security of your web browser among other things.

All of this is gone when you power down the computer. RAMDisk 4.0 however lets you save and load disk images, so that you can access the contents of a previously created ramdisk again. You can configure the program to automatically save disk images on shutdown and load those images again on startup.

The software is easy to use and leaves little to be desired. An option to encrypt the image with a password would improve security, but other than that, there is little that needs to be improved.

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    1. ilev said on September 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      20 years old disk formats Fat 16,Fat 32 ? no NTFS ?

      1. Kissol said on September 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm

        You can create an NTFS formatted RAM disk.

        You can read help documentation about.

      2. a said on February 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm

        that is what unformatted is for.

    2. rick said on September 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      the ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver at (free) works on Win 8 too.

      A bit of extra config to have the ramdisk mount automatically on startup but this thing works like a charm.

      1. rick said on September 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm

        if you want to create a ramdisk on startup using imdisk, create a .bat file with:

        imdisk -a -s 2200Mb -m r:
        format r: /fs:ntfs /v:virtual /q /y /x

        Line 1:
        where 2200Mb = size of your disk (change 2200Mb to what you want)
        r: = the drive letter you want

        Line 2:
        r: = the drive letter you set on line 1
        /v:virtual = the drive label (change virtual to what you want your label to be)

        Then create a task using the task scheduler to run the .bat file on startup. I won’t go into details unless someone wants a mini tutorial.

    3. Paul said on September 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      I have been using Dataram RAMDisk for the last couple of years.
      I have a 200MB NTFS RAMDisk on an XP notebook which contains browser caches and Windows Temp files, definitely improved performance.
      And I have a 4GB NTFS RAMDisk on Windows 7 which keeps things off of my SSD. It also contains the temp folders for XP Mode.

      You have the option to backup the RAMDisk at shutdown and reload it at startup so you do not lose anything in normal use.
      I created a backup which just contains the various temp folders I use when I set the program up and reload that each time.

    4. bob johnson said on September 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      I have Parallels, how does this compare?


    5. Doc said on September 16, 2012 at 5:45 am

      Upgrade from Ramdisk 3.5 to 4 failed on my W7_64.
      I had to do a system restore to get the old version working again.

      1. Paul said on September 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        The only time I did an upgrade I had to uninstall the old version first.
        I am still using V3.5.130R20, as far as I can see the main difference in later versions is compatibility with Windows 8.

    6. mike said on February 26, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Breaks File History in win8

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