What is RAMDisk? | How to Create RAMDisk

It’s a great option to test the operation of a RAMDisk if you’re a frequent gaming user, or if you have a lot of memory installed on your computer, and always have 10% capacity. You’ll be able to install programs that include super fast and amazing performance.

What Does RAMDisk Do?

A RAMDisk is the use of a portion of RAM as a hard drive. So, if we create a RAMDisk, we will create a virtual hard drive on our computer using an available or unused portion of our RAM modules.

This virtual hard drive will be faster than normal SSD and of course a mechanical hard drive like others. With this technique, we will use the RAM on the computer in the case of large amounts such as 32 or 64 GB.

But we don’t just need a lot of RAM, we can create only 4 GB RAMDisk to use when we are not using games or programs that use 4 GB of RAM from the computer. The biggest advantage of a RAMDisk is that it can be created and deleted easily and quickly. We also need to keep in mind that we store information in RAM, so when we shut down our computer, all information is deleted because RAM is temporary storage.

If we store all the information on our normal and current hard drive before shutting down the computer, we can prevent RAMDisk from being deleted.

One of the most important goals of using RAMDisk is that in video editing in 4K, the hard disk is over-used and high transfer rates are required for smooth playback and encoding.

How to Create RAMDisk in Windows 10

Now let’s create a RAMDisk on our computer and test its performance.

We will use a free software called ImDisk Toolkit to create RAMDisk.

The process is very simple, we leave the default values ​​on the start screen of the wizard, and click “Install” and wait for the installation to finish. After the installation, we will have 3 shortcuts on our desktop.

We click on the “Configure RAMDisk” header, and then on the first screen that appears, click on the “Basic” tab to configure the amount of storage, file system, and other options such as the possibility of deletion when we start our computer.

Now, on the “Advanced” tab, we will have different configuration options:

  • Set size and volume label
  • Enable NFTS compression
  • Use a mount point: to place the mount point of the virtual hard disk in a specific location.

In the “Data” tab, we can select the contents of a folder to be uploaded directly to the virtual hard disk.

An important option is “Synchronize when the system shuts down“. With this option, when we shut down the system, its contents are stored in the selected location on our hard drive. That way we won’t lose the information we keep.

Once you have made all the configurations as you wish, we click on “Accept” and the RAMDisk will be created on our system. A property window opens automatically as if it were a normal hard drive. In addition, when we open “This Computer“, we will see it as a normal hard drive.

We see that the selected memory is currently being used as a hard drive, so we cannot delete or disable it while using it.

Naturally, we can use this unit normally and even install programs into it.

Deleting or Disabling RAMDisk

When you stop using RAMDisk, all we have to do is click “Configure RAMDisk” again and click the “unmount” button to remove it.

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