Windows Vista has the capability to turn your USB into RAM, but Gavotte Ramdisk can turn your RAM to a virtual hardisk! This virtual hardisk can read/write faster than a “real” hardisk!
Do you have a lot of RAM in your PC? Do you know that it can actually convert to a virtual hardisk so that it can be accessed faster than a “real”hardisk? Why i said this virtual hardisk is faster than your “real” hardisk? This is because RAM has a faster read/write speed than a hardisk. By converting part of your RAM to a virtual hardisk, you can boost up your system performance.
Ramdisk can be used to store frequently accessed but less important data, such as temporary internet files, P2P client, and compression utility. Before you use Ramdisk, you must aware that all data stored inside will be deleted once you reboot your PC, as the RAM will be refreshed once power off. So, Ramdisk is not suitable to store important data.
Gavotte Ramdisk is a free software, which is compatible with Windows Vista and support all windows filesystem, including FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS. You can download Gavotte Ramdisk here. I will describe how to create a virtual hardisk.
Click on the Ramdisk.exe to start your application. If you never install any Ramdisk before, all options will be disabled except the Install Ramdisk and Cancel button. Let’s click on the Install Ramdisk to start.
You can choose the Disk Size and Drive Letter. For the Disk Size, please choose properly and depends on your needs. If your PC’s RAM is more than 1.5GB, you can choose up to 256MB. I advice that you keep around 1GB for your system if you are using XP and around 1.5GB for Vista. You can choose any Drive Letter. In this example, i choose 256MB and M: as my drive letter.
You have done all the settings. Your system may require you to restart. After that, you can find your Ramdisk on My Computer.
You can remove the Ramdisk anytime by click the Remove Ramdisk. Ramdisk is very useful for BT users, as BT client always read and write from hardisk, which will shorten the hardisk lifetime. By using Ramdisk, it will prevent this to happen. But, remember to copy downloaded files from Ramdisk before you shutdown your PC, else you will lost everything!