You may install a Ram disk on your Windows PC to improve performance, maintenance, and privacy on the device.
Ram disks can best be described as memory-based drives that act just like any other hard drive on the system for the most part. You can install programs on RAM disks or use it to store temporary files.
These disks offer advantages over regular hard drives: memory is faster which means that operations will benefit from that. Memory is cleared automatically on shutdown so that any files that reside on the disk are removed automatically.
You need a bit of memory to use a RAM disk as part of the RAM that is installed on the device is used exclusively by the RAM disk.
The very first thing you need to do is install the RAM disk on your PC. Download and install SoftPerfekt Ram Disk and start the program afterward.
Setup is real simple:
The RAM disk should be listed in Explorer just like any drive. You can interact with it normally; move files to it, create files and folders, or install applications to it.
Now that the RAM disk is created, you may want to configure Windows to make use of the disk. One thing you may want to consider doing is moving the temporary folders to the RAM Disk so that they are cleared automatically on restart.
You may configure third-party programs to use the RAM disk as well if third-party programs let you move the cache directory.
You can check out our guide on moving the Firefox cache to a RAM disk, and may do the same for other applications that support setting custom directories.
While moving caching directories to the RAM disk is probably the number one purpose for using memory-based disks, it is useful in other ways as well. Here are three:
Creating and using a RAM disk is a simple process. While you need to install and configure the disk once, it runs automatically after the initial setup.
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