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PANIC98

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#1 11 years ago

Ive heard of readyboost but is there anything that allows you run ram off of your Hard Drive.




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#2 11 years ago

Hard drives are automatically used to "extend" ram. Basically a quick access cache that's not as fast as RAM, but it assists the computer on some programs. Also called page files, correct? It's simply a cache of data that the computer occasionally peaks at to gather information.

Now, as for running a hard drive as ram, good luck there. You'll need a SSD to even come close.




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#3 11 years ago

Actually, if you have enough RAM you shouldn't need any pagefile... except for some apps that aren't well written (I think I remember a game that refused to run if there was no pagefile, even on a machine way more recent... can't remember if that was the first Fallout or the first Baldur's Gate...) Now if you absolutely need a pagefile and want it to be made of actual RAM, so as to avoid the slowdowns when it is used... you may try taking a big part of your ram to make a ramdrive and set the pagefile to be on that ramdrive xD ... or use something like Gigabyte's iRAM.




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#4 11 years ago

Its best to have at least a small page file, a lot of games and apps will freak out or become pretty unstable without at least a small one.




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#5 11 years ago

Like, actual RAM? not really. You could run a pagefile, but that's not really RAM, and it's pretty slow, especially in the types of transfers that RAM would most likely do; small reads/writes. You would need a PCI-e RAID-drive to come close.




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#6 11 years ago

Well, if you have something like 12GB, you could set four as a harddrive, then move the pagefile to that. I don't know what the program's called - I'll see if I can find it - but there is a very simple one that'll do that for you. Of course, you loose whatever data is on the harddrive each time you restart, but if it's only a pagefile that's irrelevant.




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#7 11 years ago

[humor] There's some ram on my computer, all right.

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It won't go away. [/humor]




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#8 11 years ago
Well, if you have something like 12GB, you could set four as a harddrive, then move the pagefile to that. I don't know what the program's called - I'll see if I can find it - but there is a very simple one that'll do that for you. Of course, you loose whatever data is on the harddrive each time you restart, but if it's only a pagefile that's irrelevant.

That would be the commandline :P

But the main issue with ramdisks is that ram only holds information as long as it's powered. The same goes for an hdd made out of ram. You turn the pc off, you loose all information.

Readyboost(turboboost?) is I think a vista/7 feature that allows you to turn a USB disk into ram. Not the most practical thing, but if you have very little ram it might help.

And as others have said the problem with the pagefile is, that it is extremely slow compared to normal ram




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#9 11 years ago
Well, if you have something like 12GB, you could set four as a harddrive, then move the pagefile to that. I don't know what the program's called - I'll see if I can find it - but there is a very simple one that'll do that for you. Of course, you loose whatever data is on the harddrive each time you restart, but if it's only a pagefile that's irrelevant.

Just search for RAMdrive software. There are lots of programs out there. I'm quite attached to my RAM, so I haven't tried this yet, but it seems like a good way to boost system performance.

But the main issue with ramdisks is that ram only holds information as long as it's powered. The same goes for an hdd made out of ram. You turn the pc off, you loose all information.

A lot of RAMdrive software create an image when you power off, so that the data can be saved in between sessions.

Readyboost(turboboost?) is I think a vista/7 feature that allows you to turn a USB disk into ram. Not the most practical thing, but if you have very little ram it might help.

Given the speed of USB2.0, it may just be better to have a larger pagefile.




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#10 11 years ago

I never tried any kind of ram drive software, it does sound pretty interesting. I was running without a page file for a long time until a couple games decided they didn't like that, i might give them a try.




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